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Career diplomats facing intimidation at Foreign Affairs Ministry?

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Information available to the New Statesman indicates that morale is down among staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially among career diplomats working at Ghana’s foreign missions, due to alleged intimations they are facing from the sector minister, Hannah Tetteh.

Information available to the New Statesman indicates that morale is down among staff of the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, especially among career diplomats working at Ghana’s foreign missions, due to alleged intimations they are facing from the sector minister, Hannah Tetteh.

 

They are complaining about postings which are being done, allegedly, without regard to procedures, but targeted to favour people who are close to the governing National Democratic Congress.

 “When you work for four years, you are due for posting to a foreign mission, but this is no longer the case. Those that are due are not being posted while some new entrants who are not due for postings are being posted. There are also cross-postings or transfers without any justification. What is clear is that there appears to be a specific plan to favour certain people over others. And people are afraid to talk, all because of the intimidation going on,” our source at the Ministry lamented.

According to the source, the development is not healthy for effective diplomatic work, adding “it is even creating some kind of tension at some of our foreign missions and the earlier the President took steps to check the practice, the better it would be for the nation.”