Akufo-Addo Clears Alan Over Expats Extortion Saga

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has cleared the Trades Minister, Alan Kyeremateng on the allegations of extortion from expats to sit close to the president at an award event.

The president believes the information available to him on the controversial $100,000  scandal does not suggest any wrongdoing.

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

Prior to the president’s query to the sector minister, the minority in parliament had vowed to to pursue the allegations of extortion from the expats ahead of the recently held  Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).

The issue on Tuesday led to a near brawl between former deputy Education Minister, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa and deputy Trades Minister Carlos Ahenkora, at the full glare of journalists in Parliament.

XYZ News’ parliamentary correspondent Charles Akrofi reported that Mr. Ahenkora budged into an interview the North Tongu MP was granting  reporters and called him a pathological liar.

But commenting on the issue on the Morning Xpress Wednesday morning, the Minority Chief Whip, Muntaka Mubarak described the incident as unfortunate which will be looked into, but hastened they (minority) have evidence to pursue it in a non partisan manner.

“We need to look at it in a non-partisan manner because  Parliament must wake up to its responsibility.We ought to put our partisan aside and try to develop our country,” Muntaka Mubarak said.

Mr. Muntaka reiterated that the Majority cannot get away with the issue when it resorts to the usage of abusive words on those calling for the matter to be investigated.

“As for the issue of payment, now it is beyond doubt because others have provide their receipts. Now the ministry has accepted that they collected the money, but how did they collect? How much they collect? did they really hand the monies to the organisers?” he asked and added that those questions need to be answered.