The British High Commissioner to Ghana, Harriet Thompson, has stated that her tweet about the arrest of the #FixTheCountry movement convener, Oliver Barker-Vormawor, was an act of interference.
She was responding to the letter the Inspector-General of Police wrote her asking her not to interfere with the internal security of Ghana.
Speaking to Accra Based GHOne, the High Commissioner posited that there was no chance her comments via Twitter could rile up Ghanaians and foment insecurity, as was suggested by the police.
“If I had thought there was the remotest chance of that, I wouldn’t be tweeting things like that. That is clearly not my intention,” Harriet Thompson said.
After the arrest of Oluver, the diplomat tweeted saying “Oliver Barker-Vormawor, convener of #FixTheCountry movement, arrested again, I understand [it’s] for a motoring offence [and he’s currently] on his way to court. I’ll be interested to see where this goes…”
But the Police in the restricted letter described her tweet as an interference.
The Police said the tweet by the Commissioner was a violation of the Vienna Convention on Diplomatic Relations, which enjoins diplomatic missions not to interfere in the internal affairs of their host country.
But Harriet Thompson said “To me, it feels like a stretch. It feels like me saying I am interested in something is a long way from people saying we must take to the streets,” Harriet Thompson said.
“Commenting on something that is of great interest to a lot of people in a country is not interfering in the affairs of that country,” the High Commissioner added.