The Executive Secretary of the Narcotics Control Board (NACOB) Yaw Akrasi Sarpong has hit back at critics who described him as a propagandist for the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) following his comments that some politicians funded their campaign activities with proceeds from narcotics trade.
“When it comes to narcotics control issues, I am not in any way mixing it with politics and I am not a propagandist for any political party,” he stressed.
Mr. Akrasi observed that he would remain committed to the fight against the drugs trade and would prosecute anyone found culpable irrespective of the party he or she is affiliated to.
The NACOB Boss in an interview with Joy FM said his outfit has ample evidence indicating that some politicians intend to finance their campaign activities in the 2012 general elections with proceeds from narcotics trade. He warned that political parties planning any such acts would be hunted down and prosecuted.
But the NACOB Boss after his outburst on the drug menace has come under blitzing attacks especially from the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) who believe the drug menace is a national issue hence should not be politicised.
Some NPP activist who described Akrasi Sarpong as an NDC propagandist challenged him to provide concrete evidence to back his assertions.
Reacting to the criticism on Asempa FM on Monday, Mr. Akrasi Sarpong said “this is no fight, I have made a statement if you disagree say you disagree; don’t say because I am in this position I am doing politics”.
He noted that, instead of people criticising him, he should be commended for bringing the issue publicly for a holistic approach in providing solutions to the problems.
Commenting on suggestions that the timing for his comments was wrong, he stated that “In Ghana, politics begins the day after elections. If I mention it on the December 9, it is as equally important as I am mentioning it today. Why should I be given the time to say this?”
Mr Akrasi Sarpong said his comments have been twisted by some people for political interests. “Sometimes I get disturbed because when you say something people take two or three sentences out of contest; twist it for political interest,” he lamented.
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