Police officers accuse government and IGP of deception

President Akufo-Addo, Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery and IGP James Oppong Buanuh President Akufo-Addo, Interior Minister, Ambrose Dery and IGP James Oppong Buanuh

Police officers and some security agencies in the country are crying at what they say is deceptive tactics employed by their leaders and the Akufo-Addo government to get them to vote for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the just ended election.

The huge salary increment which they got in November, few days to the election has disappeared.

November came as huge Cocoa Season for them after Akufo-Addo government announced salary adjustment prior to the 2020 election and the Inspector General of Police (IGP), James Oppong-Boanuah went on radio describing it as normal.

The increment was followed by a massive promotion exercise which benefited over 6,000 junior ranks.

But days after election, the officers cannot cash out the big sums anymore, their December salaries have shrank significantly, and they are in tears having planned their Christmas merrymaking with the money.

Aside the huge salaries, they were given clothes to sew uniforms, also given money to sew them, and in the words of the IGP, to dress properly while on their election assignments across the country.

Some of the angry personnel, have since stormed every social media platform to bleed profusely over what they described as deception, after some of them beaming with smiles stormed polling stations to vote massively on December 7, for President Akufo-Addo.

These officers had once again expected to cash out same in December, to enjoy the Xmas but that joy will not come.

An electronic flier designed by one such officers and posted on the internet read "Dear Nana Addo and IGP, The salary adjustment that was paid to police officers in November and was publicly announced. Please come and make it public again that it has been removed after the election".

Ahead of the election, Mr Oppong-Boanuh had described the increment as "a normal salary adjustment" saying it was not meant to entice them to vote for the ruling party as said by many at the time.

Speaking on the Kokrokoo Morning show on Peace FM, he had insisted that per the Police Service Regulations of 2012, the service was expected to renegotiate its conditions of service with the appropriate authorities every two years, adding the November increment had been on the negotiation table since January 2020 but only approved in November.

He told Kwami Sefa Kayi, that the increment had been a longstanding process, and had nothing to do with influencing the police personnel to get the Akufo-Addo government retained in office.

According to the IGP, one couldn't have refused to release the moniss to the police officers because it was an election year, adding "I am not going to do that".

"There are several ways to influence them, but this particular money is not meant to influence them. It is a normal salary adjustments. Which they are entitled to. This particular money is not for election. It is not for influence", he reiterated

The police administration he also explained gave out the money to sew the uniforms, because the uniforms would have taken a long time to be sewn if the police administration had decided to use its internal uniform makers to do the job.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com