A careful analysis of the account of the biggest scandal ever to hit president Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s government points to a crude ploy by top officials to dupe expatriates working in Ghana.
The extortion of $100,000 from expatriates for a “presidential seat” gives some credibility to the allegations levelled against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff by government insider A-Plus.
It points to a growing lack of leadership and diminishing authority of the president over his appointees and himself. President Akufo-Addo has been disappointingly loose since he was sworn-in, to the extent that some of his Ministers do what pleases them.
The governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been pathetic for the past year, almost earning the accolade the ‘second weakest government’ after the John Mahama regime.
It started with violent and bloody activities of pro-NPP vigilante groups such as Delta Force and Invisible Forces, who attacked political opponents and their own people all in the name of jobs and presidency.
Surprisingly, after a string of press conferences to call the groups to order, the president’s directive was not heeded, further demonstrating his waning authority.
But if ever president Akufo-Addo has any integrity left, he has to immediately relieve the Deputy Trades Minister, Carlos Ahenkorah of his post for his role in the scam of the century.
There are so many inconsistencies in the account of events given by both Mr Ahenkorah and Millennium Excellence Foundation (MEF) president Ashim Morton. The evil lies in the detail given by the two men who are neck-deep in the scam.
The deputy Minister had said all funds received from the expatriates were transferred into the account of MEF, but this has been disputed. Although Mr Morton acknowledged the receipt of some monies from the Trades Ministry, he said they didn’t receive all. He said part of the money was retained at the Ministry to further the works of Ghana Expatriates Business Awards (GEBA).
But the shocking revelation was when MEF boss said the use of ‘president’ in the $100k offer letter was in reference to him and not president Akufo-Addo. It beats me how Mr Morton will be childish in this manner. Who will shell out his cash just to sit to the president of a mere foundation? Who is Ashim Morton in Ghana to have expatriates begging to pay $100k to sit by him? His explanation may represent his intellectual strength, but it has exposed the weakness of his thinking.
Mr Ahenkorah had said the event was rescheduled on three occasions because it was key on president Akufo-Addo’s agenda. But the president in the letter sent out by the Trades Ministry was referring to Mr Morton and not Akufo-Addo.
Everything is fishy and the president of Ghana (not MEF president) must purge his government of corrupt people whose activities will tarnish his hard-won reputation.
But at the moment, the government is fast losing credibility because of the litany of questionable transactions allegedly carried out by appointees.
The president promised to fight corruption and prosecute former government officials found to have engaged in dubious transactions in the lead up to the 2016 polls. But it appears the people he will have to contend with are his Ministers, heads of state institutions and board members.
The scambags in the room must be exposed now.
The author, Austin Brakopowers is a Broadcast journalist at Joy99.7 and views expressed here are exclusively his and do not necessarily reflect the position of the Multimedia Group Limited or Myjoyonline.com. You can reach him via Brakomen@outlook.com
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