Government has rejected claims that it bugged into the offices of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), to record whatever conversation they have there.
Addressing a press conference in Accra today [Thursday, February 28], Oppong Nkrumah said the allegations are false and distasteful.
Oppong Nkrumah indicated that it is not the policy or practice of the government of Ghana, to illegally interfere with the privacy or communication of persons in Ghana.
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“ Government finds it distasteful that the said party chooses to bring the name of the state into disrepute in its attempt to respond to queries about the validity and origins of the said conversation,” he added.
The Minister believes that the practice of accusing the state and seeking to portray to the global community of democratic watchers that the state is involved in some illegality is unpatriotic and has the potential to undermine the growing respect that Ghana has for its resilient democracy and respect for the rule of law.
He stated categorically that government had not bugged the offices of opposition NDC as suggested.
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The national communications officer of the NDC, Sammy Gyamfi who made the allegation following the circulation of recordings from a meeting allegedly involving his party’s national chairman, Samuel Ampofo and other member,s said that government is engaged in “illegal espionage.”
“We know the government is engaged in illegal espionage activities in this country; employing state resources and the national security apparatus to spy on political opponents,” said Sammy Gyamfi.
According to him, he firmly believed that the NPP had planted listening bugs in their office.
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The details of the 2 hour 30 minutes tape which was first played on Oman FM generated controversy which attracted widespread condemnation conditional on the establishment of the true identity of the voice.
In the tape, alleged top officials of the NDC communication team, including Members of Parliament were heard plotting on how to smear the Akufo-Addo government, the Electoral Commissioner and Prof Asante with dirt going into the 2020 general elections.
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