$100K Saga: Exoneration premature – Ablakwa

The presidency’s exoneration of the Minister of Trade and Industry of any wrongdoing as far as the cash-for-seats saga is concerned, was premature, North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, has told the five-member committee hearing the case in which expatriate businessmen allegedly paid $100,000 to sit close to the president at an awards ceremony late last year.

It is recalled that when news about the scandal broke, the president summoned sector minister Alan Kyerematen to provide answers.

The presidency, through the Ministry of Information, later issued a statement clearing officials of the ministry, after Mr Kyerematen had provided explanations to the President.

In a statement signed by Information Minister, Mustapha Hamid, the President said: “The facts, as reported to the president, do not disclose any wrongdoing on the part of the Minister or any government official.”

But Mr Ablakwa, on Thursday, 11 January, stated that: “It is my very humble view that this cannot constitute a full investigation into this matter, and, so, it is really imperative that this house carries out its investigative and oversight duties in delving into this matter.

He added: “It’s clear that there was no thorough investigation, no crosschecking, others were not engaged and this was put out.”



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