Information Minister Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has rubbished claims government has bugged the offices of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
He was addressing a press conference on Thursday at the Ministry of Information over the leaked tape and comments by Communications Director of the NDC Sammy Gyamfi that government has bugged their office.
“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,” he alleged.
But Kojo Oppong Nkrumah in responding the claims said “it is not the policy or practice of the government of Ghana, to illegally interfere with the privacy or communication of persons in Ghana.”
“To do so will be an infringement on the constitutional provisions of privacy. Government, therefore, 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.
According to the Minister “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.”
“While the Akufo-Addo administration cannot speak for past administrations including the immediate past NDC administration, this immediate administration has not bugged the offices of political parties, its key actors, individuals and organisations for that matter.”