General News of Wednesday, 12 July 2017
A member of the Council of State, Sam Okudzeto, is calling for the prosecution of former Lands and Natural Resources Minister Inusah Fuseini for secretly installing an audio-visual recording device in an office occupied by current Lands and Natural Resources Minister, John Peter Amewu.
National Security detected the bug recently. Mr Fuseini admitted installing the device during his time as Minister to monitor movements in his office. He has apologised to his two predecessors for not warning them about it even though he insists the gadget was never functional because it was not fully installed.
Speaking to Class FM’s Jerry Akornor on the issue, however, Mr Okudzeto said: “What you [Inusah Fuseini] are doing is illegal; you have no business going to record somebody else’s affairs, it is not allowed anywhere in the world. In fact he should be prosecuted for doing that”.
For him, the conduct of Mr Fuseini is an “invasion of privacy”, adding that he should have removed it when he was leaving office.
Mr Inusah was succeeded by Nii Osah Mills under the previous National Democratic Congress (NDC) administration. Osah Mills spent over two years working in the bugged office without knowing about it.
The spy gadget was only discovered by security operatives who carried out routine checks at the office recently.
Mr Fuseini said the gadget was a gift from one Haruna gift. According to him, anxiety about spying on his successors was unnecessary since the device was not functioning.
However, the former President of the Ghana Bar Association insists it was wrong for Mr Inusah to have left the device in the office indicating that “if he has made an error, he should apologise and retrieve it but he is just glossing over it”. For him, the current minister “is entitled to privacy so you cannot record his transactions”.