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17.02.2009 Politics

Stop politicising all investigations, lecturers caution

By myjoyonline
Stop politicising all investigations, lecturers caution

Political scientists have chided the increasing politicisation of investigations and judicial activities by the general public.

Messrs Stephen Ahiawordor and Kwesi Amakye lecturers of the University of Ghana, Legon and Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology respectively, told Joy News the scenario has dire consequences to the country's fledging democracy.

A group calling itself Free Gyimah Movement has been formed in support of the Managing Director of National Investment Bank, Daniel Gyimah who has been held by the BNI for causing financial loss to the state.

He allegedly signed a promissory note to the tune of $60 million to a private company.

The movement led by Egbert Faibille a lawyer and editor of the Ghanaian Observer Newspaper has insisted Gyimah's case is a manifestation of political witch-hunting perpetrated by the ruling NDC.

The movement smacks of a duplication of what used to be called the Free Tsatsu movement which also waged several crusades against the state, and demanded the immediate release of Tsatsu Tsikata, the former GNPC boss who was incarcerated for fives years on charges of causing financial loss to the state.

The police and the judiciary were all accused of being in cahoots with the erstwhile NPP government to politically prosecute Mr. Tsikata.

Speaking to Joy News Mr. Ahiawordor said the state security would be rendered inefficient if the continued politicisation of investigations is not halted.

He advised the public to allow the state institutions to play their constitutionally mandated duties, without unnecessary bastardisation.

Whilst criticising politicians for the phenomenon, Mr. Kwesi Amakye noted too much powers arrogated to the president is attributable to the politicisation of issues.

He stressed, if due process is not followed by state institutions in the dispatch of their duties, questions of unnecessary politicisation are bound to be raised.

Both lecturers cautioned against the heavily polarisation of the country's political system and called for steps to be taken to address the situation.

Story by Nathan Gadugah