Govt Denies Attempts To Tap Phone Calls

The deputy communications minister Felix Kwakye-Ofosu has described as false, claims that government is seeking to pass a bill that will allow private phone conversations of Ghanaians to be monitored.

The claim was first made by Member of Parliament for Obuasi West, Kwaku Kwarteng who stated that the Minority in Parliament will oppose government’s moves to eavesdrop on telephone conversations of its citizens.

According to reports, Cabinet has approved the bill and will soon table it before Parliament for passage.

But Kwakye-Ofosu has strongly dismissed the claims, saying government is not interested in monitoring or tapping phone conversations of Ghanaians.

“It is an extremely misleading position…there is no such maneuvre on the part of government. What it is, is that we are establishing an inter-connect clearing house, so the legislation is supposed to provide legal backing for it,” the deputy minister told Morning Starr host Nii Arday Clegg Wednesday.

He added: “We are establishing a system to monitor and track the number of calls that are made and how much revenue we should derive from it, so we insist that they give it to us. So it is in the interest of the state that we are doing this.

“Government is not interested in listening on people’s conversation, there are 25 million Ghanaians, what interest does government have in listening to people’s conversations, so I can assure the public that those claims that government seeks to eavesdrop on the conversations of the public are false and government has no such intentions”.

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