The Chief Executive Officer of Consumer Protection Agency, Kofi Kapito will be leading a massive demonstration against diplomatic mission in Ghana.
The reason, he noted is due to the kind of treatment meted out to Ghanaian visa applicants by the diplomatic missions.
Mr. Kapito who revealed this on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Tuesday cited poor conditions and inadequate facilities such as waiting rooms to accommodate applicants to buttress his point.
He could not fathom why Ghanaians are being frustrated in their own country and nothing is being done by government.
The Consumer Protection advocate also bemoaned the dramatic increase in visa application fees amounts to extortion.
“In terms of even monies that we pay to these embassies, it is appalling. OK look, I come to apply for a multiple visa, let say for five years or even for two years, and based on your own decision as to maybe I don’t merit a five-year visa but a two-year visa, meanwhile I have paid for a five-year visa, and then you take the money give me a two-year visa and I don’t even get the difference between the five years and the two years visa back. Is that fair?”
Kofi Kapito wondered why Ghanaian missions abroad treat their applicant decently yet the situation is different in Ghana.
He said he will be petitioning the Minister for Foreign Affair, Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey and various stakeholders to step in to save Ghanaians from total disrespect.
“It is about Ghana, it is about people like you, your radio station we should talk on behalf Ghanaians… Diplomacy is reciprocal, the way you treat me is how I treat you.”
Kofi Kapito said to demand mutual respect, and an immediate end to the “appalling” treatment, he will lead a peaceful demonstration to the USA, UK and other embassies in the country.