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Civil servant holding political office caught red-handed

botchway December 6, 2018

 

By Alfred Adams               .

The New Patriotic Party (NPP) Constituency Secretary for Kpone Katamanso, Mr Felix Tetteh, has come under heavy criticism for holding a party position and at the same time serving as a Civil Servant in one of the assemblies in Accra.

According to sources, some of the civil and public servants who had wanted to contest the Constituency Secretary position were disqualified because they could not hold both positions. This enabled Mr Tetteh to be elected unopposed.

“Section 12 (1) (a) (b) (c) (d) and (e) of the Civil Service Code of Conduct reads: The constitution of Ghana confers rights on all citizens of Ghana, including Civil Servants, to join any political party or association of their choice.

“However, by virtue of the traditional role of the Civil Service to serve the government of the day loyally, and to maintain the confidence of any future administration, a Civil Servant may not;
a) Accept any office, paid or unpaid permanent or temporary, in any political party or association
b) Indicate publicly, his support for any party, candidate or policy
d) Make speeches or join in demonstration in favour of a political person, party or propaganda
e) Engage in activities which are likely to involve him in political controversy
It, however, states in (2) that notwithstanding, a Civil Servant is entitled to his views in political matters, and, if so qualified, may vote at elections.”
The Chronicle investigation reveals that Mr Felix Tetteh, who was also offered government appointee status at the local assembly (Kpone Katamanso), is the Works Manager at the Ga South Assembly in Accra. Mr Tetteh has, therefore, breached this part of the Civil Service Code of Conduct.
On February 24, 2018, Mr Tetteh stood for election for the position of Secretary of the New Patritoc Party (NPP) in the Kpone Katamanso Constituency of the Greater Accra Region.

His main contender, Ex Warrant Officer (W.O.) Teye, was disqualified on grounds that he was in the employment of National Security, so he was elected unopposed.

Though the former soldier and a number of the party loyalists protested, their loud cries received no attention.

On the  October 19,  2015, the Head of Civil Service addressed a letter to “All Chief Directors” and “All Heads of Departments”, and the addressees were requested to remind all staff members that persons holding Civil Service positions were barred from participating in political activities, including the following
a) Attending political rallies
b) Wearing party paraphernalia
c) Subjecting one’s self for party vetting
d) Holding party membership card and
e) Standing for party primaries, etc
The letter also advised that any Civil Servant who wished to participate in a political activity should resign from the service, and warned to deal with anyone who flouted the directive
The Kpone Katamanso Constituency Chairman of the NPP, Nana Sipim, when contacted by the paper, confirmed the position of Mr Felix Tetteh as the Constituency Secretary.

When The Chronicle reached Mr Felix Tetteh on phone, he admitted being the Head of the Works Department at the Ablekuma North District Assembly, a position he has held since the creation of that assembly.
On a question as to if his position had not breached the Code of Conduct of the Civil Service, the NPP Kpone Katamanso Constituency Secretary saw nothing wrong with it.
According to him, he goes about his official assembly duties devoid of political influence.
Mr Tetteh continued that the only time that he conducts political party activities is at home after work.
He further stated that he has been a Civil Servant since the beginning of the Fourth Republic, and worked under the administrations of both the NPP and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) without any problems.

 

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