Acting Director of International Relations for the New Patriotic Party (NPP), Emmanuel Danso Attefah, has called on Ghanaians to support President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in his quest to uproot corruption.
Commenting on the decision by the president to report Kwesi Nyantakyi, the FA boss to the Criminal Investigations Department for alleged influence peddling, the political communicator described Nana Addo’s action as apt.
The call for the arrest of Nyantakyi, the longest-serving GFA president, follows comments attributed to him in what our sources say are video recordings captured as part of a soon to air documentary by ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas detailing corruption in Ghana football.
He has been granted bail and assisting the CID to investigate the matter. His phones, laptops and gadgets have also been seized to aid the CID in probing the matter.
But some Minority MPs and NDC communicators have slammed Nana Addo for his action describing it as abuse of power.
MP for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, believes allowing the president to watch the video ahead of the publicized date for the public viewing, will compromise the process and has warned sensitive portions in the video maybe edited.
However, Mr. Attefah disputed the assertions and commended the president for stepping up the matter saying: ‘’the president has been open and transparent. His name was mentioned but as president, he handed it over to the appropriate quarters to look into this matter so the law will work. This is a commendable step the president has taken and anyone who is a anti-corruption campaigner and believes in the rule of law, should support Nana Akufo-Addo to continue the fight against corruption.’’
He also lambasted Kwesi Nyantakyi over his alleged ‘’Nana is in my pocket’’ comments. The president he stressed cannot be bribed or compromised because is incorruptible, nationalistic and an established personality.
‘’I don’t want to repeat some of the statements. I feel this is very sad and very unfortunate. It should not have occurred in the first place. Kwesi Nyantakyi is an astute lawyer and his contributions in the sporting fraternity is remarkable but I was not expecting this to have happened,’’ he concluded.
The father of the late Major Maxwell Adam Mahama, Captain Dennis Mahama (Rtd) has challenged the law enforcement agency to go after all the suspects in connection with the killing of the late son.
In an interview on Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm today [Thursday], the retired military officer, commended the progress of the case in court but urged the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) to go after all the suspects involved.
‘’The CID is not done with the criminals…We think that, what is happening in court is okay but the CID; we still expect them to go after the rest of the people because it was a mob, whiles some were throwing stones, others were using sticks, others were using guns, others also prevented him from escaping…We see all of them as accomplices and since an accomplice is equally guilty, we think that all of them should be brought in,’’ he added.
The death of his son he told Kwame Tutu, was sudden and because he was a special son for the family, he grew up brilliantly and made the family proud because he was God fearing and ‘’very academic’’.
The bereaved father who was accompanied by brother of the late military officer, Michael Mahama, Reverend Felix Foe and Gifty Abban Quarshie, lead campaigner for Ambassadors Against Mob Justice, thanked Allah for consoling the family a year after the sudden demise of their son.
The family he decried have been carrying on with the pain in their hearts and minds and ‘’that is why we have to thank Allah and Ghanaians for standing with us in prayers.’’
His brother, Michael Mahama described his late brother as caring, interesting, jovial and one who ‘’was always there for me.’’
He said, ‘’the death of my brother was a big blow for the family.’’
Reverend Foe who is also a retired officer and Gifty Quarshie used the opportunity to speak against mob justice.
Meanwhile, a year anniversary of the late Major Mahama, has been scheduled for June 3rd, 2018 at the St. Catherine Catholic Church, Burma Camp at 8:30am.
The late Major Mahama was brutally lynched and charred to death last after he was allegedly mistaken for an armed robber. He was with the 5 Infantry Battalion of the Ghana Armed Forces, Burma Camp Accra but on detachment duties at Denkyira Obuasi in the Central region where he was gruesomely murdered by residents there.
Board Chairman for the Ghana Ports and Harbours Authority (GPHA), Peter Mac Manu, has been accused by four worker unions of breaching several corporate governance practices.
The worker unions have since called on President Akufo-Addo to sack him in two weeks.
According to the aggrieved workers, Mac Manu is deeply involved in nepotism and conflict of interest at the GPHA.
The unions comprising the Tema Senior Staff Union, Tema Junior Staff Union, Takoradi Senior Staff Union and Takoradi Junior Staff Union, Mac Manu has allegedly facilitated a contract on an LNG Project, requesting management to let the company pay two hundred thousand dollars ($200, 000) for twenty-five years.
They also accused Mr. Manu of “obtaining for himself a contract of over GHS4m for wiring of the newly constructed Electrical/Material Block of the GPHA.”
The Ghana Football Association (GFA) says embattled president Kwesi Nyantakyi, remains the boss of the football administrative body despite the allegations of fraud against him.
A statement issued and signed by secretary to the FA, Isaac Addo said the GFA is fully supported by the Executive Committee.
Information came yesterday [Tuesday] that, the GFA was going to appoint an interim president.
However, the stamen from the FA has disputed that report stressing ‘’We wish to reiterate that Mr. Nyantakyi has the full support of the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
All offices and outlets of the GFA remain fully functional and we confirm that all scheduled activities of the federation continue without any hindrances.’’
Read Below the full statement
On Tuesday 22nd May 2018 there was an activation of the relevant state institutions to probe into an issues relating to the President of the Ghana Football Association, Mr Kwesi Nyanktakyi in the yet-to- be released documentary by Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
Though the President of the GFA was on official duties outside the country, he cut his trip short and returned to Ghana on 23rd May 2018.
On his arrival he was escorted to the CID Headquarters where he was interrogated, a statement taken and subsequently granted bail.
Presently he is helping the police with their investigations.
The President remains innocent until he is proven guilty of all charges levelled against him.
The GFA President being a law abiding citizen respects the law, he is not a flight risk and has indicated his willingness and availability to the investigative authority anytime he is required to do so.
Following a meeting of the Executive Committee of the GFA on Thursday, the body wishes to state that nothing has changed in terms of the GFA hierarchy and Mr. Nyantakyi still remains the President of the Ghana Football Association.
Any statement contrary to this must be disregarded.
We wish to reiterate that Mr. Nyantakyi has the full support of the Executive Committee of the Ghana Football Association (GFA).
All offices and outlets of the GFA remain fully functional and we confirm that all scheduled activities of the federation continue without any hindrances.
We urge all our stakeholders and members to remain calm during this period.
Ghana Football Association
24th May, 2018
The Member of Parliament for Sagnarigu, Alhaji A.B.A Fuseini, has expressed fear that the presidency may influence an editing of the much publicized Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ ‘’Number 12’’ investigative work.
The outspoken politician who is known for his proverbial statements described as unfortunate the decision by the investigators to allow President Akufo-Addo to watch the video.
In his view, an order may be given for some sensitive parts of the video to be edited out.
‘’Ghanaians are waiting eagerly to go and view it. I am hoping and praying that the sanctity of the video that Anas has, will be protected so it will come out as he had filmed it. Let’s hope and pray that, sections of it are not doctored…Ghanaians should open their eyes and ears very well and ensure that the right things are done so that people don’t compromise our integrity.’’
The claims allegedly made by Kwesi Nyantakyi in the video he noted has painted the presidency in a bad light but was quick to add that, the relationship between Kwesi Nyantakyi and the president spans many years and he [Nyantakyi] knows every pebble, grass at the private residence of Nana Addo.
‘’Kwesi Nyantakyi and President Akufo-Addo have come a long way. The FA president is one of the key supporters of Nana Addo. He was one of the generous financiers of Nana Addo…Exchanges of monies between Nana Addo and Nyantakyi is not new. It is an open secret.’’
He opined that, Nyantakyi has sponsored the president’s campaign hence his claims should be well investigated.
The president he indicated was implicated in the tape hence having the privilege to watch the video was in a bad taste.
The arrest of Nyantakyi he told Kwame Tutu was an attempt by the ruling government, to divert attention from the multiplicity of scandals that rocked the current administration.
The president knew about this three weeks ago and so why should he wait for three weeks to take this controversial action?
‘’It is an attempt to divert attention from the multiplicity of scandals that this government has been soaked in…Almost on a weekly basis, there is a scandal,’’ he noted.
He quizzed if those who have been implicated in the video will have the opportunity to view the video just like the president did.
‘’This is a premature move that will compromise the law…It makes the matter murkier than before,’’ he said.