Cocaine Politicization suggests Ghana’s politics in the hands of drug barons


The continued politicization of the drug trade in Ghana is an indication to international community that Ghana’s politics may be thriving on the illicit drug trade.

That’s the view of International Relations expert, Dr. Vladmir Antwi Danso.

He said attempts by the country’s largest political groupings to gain political advantage by linking their opponents to the drug trade were damaging further, the country’s international image.

His comments come in the wake of the seeming politicisation of the arrest of a drug suspect Nayele Ametefeh.

She was arrested in the UK with 12.5 kilos of cocaine.

The opposition NPP has been quick to point accusing fingers at the government for its handling of the cocaine bust.

Nayele was said to have been aided by top Ghanaian security officers, including staff of the Foreign Affairs ministry to board a British Airways flight only to be arrested in the UK.

The NPP does not understand what it calls contradictory remarks by government spokespersons on the matter and how it was possible for the lady to have used the VVIP section of the airport if she had no contacts in government.

The government has meanwhile been vociferous in dismissing claims the woman was in possession of a diplomatic passport and that she had links to the first family.

Speaking to Joy News’ Fred Smith, the International Relations expert Dr. Vladmir Antwi Danso, said the politicisation “is an indication of how much the country is deteriorating; that the political edifice of the country may be in the hands of drug barons.

“It affects the whole working system of the socio-economic platform of every country, to the extent that when Ghanaians are travelling it affects them.

“That is why when these things are politicised I hate it.

“It is something we should fight irrespective of the political colour,” he said.

“It looks as though the political parties are more interested in which of the parties do it better or do it worse and that is not the issue,” he stated.

He said both the government and the opposition parties should be interested in nipping in the bud the illicit trade.

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