Politics of Wednesday, 7 November 2018
Ashanti Regional NPP Secretary, Sam Payne has spoken against calls on Chief Executive of the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), ACP KK Amoah, to step down.
The suspension of the Eastern Regional Director of EOCO, Fred Dzeny, has courted public outcry with people calling on ACP KK Amoah to vacate his office.
Fred Dzeny, speaking at a public forum under the theme “Youth in the fight against corruption”, urged the government to fight corruption by boldly prosecuting its appointees to serve as an example and deterrent to other corrupt officials.
Following his statements, he was suspended for making comments which perhaps are incongruous with the activities of EOCO.
He was later suspended for investigations to be held into the matter for an appropriate action to be taken.
Addressing the issue on Peace FM’s ‘kokrokoo’ programme, Sam Payne noted that the EOCO Boss has done nothing wrong for him to be relieved of his job.
To him, the action taken against the Regional Director was to ensure investigations are held into the issue and if found innocent of the charges against him, he would be reinstalled into his position.
Sam Payne wondered why people, particularly within opposition parties the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and Convention People’s Party (CPP), would call for the head of the EOCO Boss to roll just because the organization found Mr Dzeny’s comments to flout the organization’s order of operations.
According to him, Ghanaians are behaving like a “nation of talkers” and cut the EOCO Boss some slack.
“Why should the EOCO Boss step down?”, Mr Dzeny “was asked to step aside for investigations to be conducted into the matter. If the organization sees his comments not to conform with their activities and so ask him to step aside, how does that call for a sanction on the EOCO Boss . . . It’s like Ghana is becoming a nation of talkers,” he stated.
In a related development, the Presidency has reportedly ordered for the reinstatement of the Eastern Regional EOCO Director with immediate effect.