-Kwesi Pratt Jnr. believes government should consider a security of tenure for Heads of Security Agencies
-His call is to ensure that confidence is regained in the security services
-He said whichever government was in power should be able to work with the existing security apparatus.
Managing Editor of the Insight newspaper, Kwesi Pratt Jnr is of the view that just as there is a laid down tenure of office for some key state positions, there should also be a clearly-defined “security of tenure” for heads of Ghana’s security agencies.
He said that the government should put in measures to set out tenure of office for the key players in the security agencies to ensure continuity. He believed action in this direction would ensure confidence in the security apparatus.
He made reference to the changing of the Heads of security agencies including the Inspector General of Police and Chief of Defence Staff among other top officials with the change in government and wondered why the new government found it difficult to work with the existing security heads.
Speaking as a panelist on a morning program in Accra-based Peace FM, the managing editor was of the view that strengthening the tenure for the heads of the security agencies was going to boost public confidence.
He also believed the move was going to help curb the occurrences of mob justice where ordinary citizens take the law into their own hands and mete out punishment to offenders.
He said the governments that come and go are able to work with other state apparatus after a change in government so working with the already appointed security heads should also not be an issue.
Some key positions by law are established and holders of such offices are governed by a tenure of office.
He mentioned some examples of officeholders who remained in office regardless of the political party in government. Notable among these officers who operate with a specified tenure of office according to the journalist are the Chief Justice, Electoral Commissioner, The Chairman of the NCCE and The Chairman of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice.
Change of governments has always resulted in the change of heads of the security agencies. The NPP government after its assumption of power in January 2017 made changes with regards to the security apparatus that was installed by the outgoing John Mahama administration.
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