BRYAN ACHEAMPONG’S RESHUFFLE TO THE INTERIOR MINISTRY A STEP IN THE RIGHT DIRECTION
The reassignment of Bryan Acheampong as the Minister of State at the Ministry of National Security to the Interior Ministry has educed discussions on social media and mainstream media outlets. While many see this as a step in the right direction, some hold the view that it changes nothing since he would still be in charge of a security outfit. The opposition NDC, however sees this as a clandestine move by the Akufo-Addo administration to rig the elections.
Though no justifiable reasons were adduced, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, on several radio and television stations, reiterated their belief that this reshuffle puts Bryan Acheampong in a pole position to infiltrate the Police Department with thugs belonging to the ruling party who would be used to intimidate opposition elements during the 2020 elections.
Notwithstanding this gloomy and uninformed conclusion of the NDC based on pure inventions of their perverted beliefs, a critical observation of Bryan Acheampong’s reshuffle to the Interior Ministry would reveal that it could not have come at a more suitable time.
The Interior Minister, Ambrose Derry, won his seat with a little over 800 votes. In the same Constituency, John Mahama won by over 5000 vote difference. The Minister must, therefore, dedicate a substantial amount of time to see to his re-election in Nandom and that could leave a vacuum in the discharge of his duties.
The Ayawaso Central MP, Henry Quartey, who has also been moved to the National Security Ministry from the Interior Ministry as a Deputy Minister also won his seat with 635 votes in the 2016 general elections. It makes a great deal of sense for him to be moved to an outfit where pressure is less.
Bryan Acheampong, on the other hand, polled 23,432 votes, representing 74.61% whereas the NDC’s candidate managed to get a paltry 7,975, which is 25.39%. Similar margins were recorded in the presidential race between His Excellency Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and former President John Dramani Mahama. It is instructive to note that Bryan Acheampong is facing no challenge in the primaries and the NDC sees it as a waste of resources to file a candidate against the Abetifi Member of Parliament. Looking at these statistics, decision to reshuffle Bryan Acheampong as the Minister of State at the Interior Ministry must be seen as a masterful move aimed at keeping Ghana secure as elections 2020 looms large.