…As Deputy Comptroller Writes To ‘Sack’ Comptroller

There is simmering tension at the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) over attempts to push its Comptroller-General, Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi to go on retirement.

What appears to be a coup d’état follows a letter from the Deputy Comptroller-General (DCG) in charge of Legal, Research and Monitoring, Madam Baaba Asare issuing a letter directing Mr Takyi to go on retirement.

This letter, which was circulated widely across the regional commands of the Service was amidst rumours that the government has asked the Comptroller-General to hand over to Baaba Asare and proceed on leave.

In an open letter to President Akufo-Addo, the Concerned Senior Officers believe the posture of Baaba Asare is akin to a coup.

“Your Excellency this botched coup d’état set the tone of numerous negative media bashing against the Comptroller-General to oust him out of service. Sir, Madam Baaba Asare is one of the lawyers in the Service that TV3 of Media General is lobbying to become the Comptroller-General of Immigration.”

The Concerned Senior Officers continued “Sir, without intending to run her down she is not fit to occupy such a position. As we write you this letter she has not been at post for the past four weeks.”

The group held that the motive behind the coup is to force the president “to withdraw the contract given to Mr Kwame Asuah Takyi and this was well articulated by TV3 with a direct appeal to you to do so Sir.”

It maintained: “Sir we very well know that your approval of the contract or extension of service was based on his hard work which has gone a long way in contributing to the growth of Ghana.”

Describing it as “a wicked lie from hearts smeared with hatred” the Concerned Senior Officers rubbished claims of a supposed rift between Mr. Takyi and the now deceased Deputy Commissioner of Immigration DCOI Peter Nantuo.

“The Comptroller-General spent over GH¢100,000 on DCOI Nantuo to go through surgery in a bid to save his life. On his demise, Mr Takyi paid for the airfares, hotel accommodation and feeding for all Regional Commanders who wrote their names to attend the funeral. Although Mr Takyi couldn’t be at the funeral due to other important national assignments, he delegated the Deputy Comptroller-General in Charge of Finance and Administration to represent him.”

The Senior Staff wondered what more could he have done.  Are these the traits of a perceived enemy as these few Regional Commanders would want the world to know?

The Concerned staff denied claims of tension within the Service due to the transfer of some Regional Commanders.

“Mr President, some of our Regional Commanders are known not to be staying at their duty post and reports have been coming from National Security for such Commanders to be reassigned. These are Commanders who don’t even know the operational areas they supervise and in this era of the threat of terrorism one should not be taken unawares.”