The Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, has responded to the claim that investors and companies pays an "appearance fee" before speaking with him.
Charles Adu Boahen, whose appointment as a Minister of State in the Finance Ministry was recently revoked, is reported to have alleged as much in Anas Aremeyaw Anas's exposé, "Galamsey Economy."
In response to Anas' "Galamsey Economy," which showed the minister promising to give the Vice President US$200,000 for his campaign efforts, Dr. Bawumia said on Facebook that Charles Adu-Boahen cannot remain a Minister of State.
The vice president asserted that he was unaware of any discussions between potential investors in Ghana and Adu Boahen.
He added that he would never engage in such behavior for whatever reason and that his honesty is his defining quality.
Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia wrote:
My attention has been drawn to a video by Anas Aremeyaw Anas (as posted on his social media handle) showing the Minister of State for Finance, Mr. Charles Adu Boahen, apparently using my name, inter alia, to peddle influence and collect money from supposed investors. I would like to state that if what the minister is alleged to have said is accurately captured in the video, then his position as a minister of state is untenable. He should be dismissed summarily and investigated.
I am not aware of any such meeting held by Minister Adu Boahen or a supposed “appearance fee”. My most cherished asset in life is my integrity and I will not allow anyone to use my name to engage in corrupt activities.
Charles Adu Boahen's position as a Minister of State in the Finance Ministry has now been terminated.
The termination was effective immediately, according to a statement dated Monday, November 14, 2022, signed and released by Eugene Arhin, Director of Communications at the Presidency.
It came after accusations made against Charles Adu Boahen in Anas Aremeyaw Anas' exposé "Galamsey Economy."
According to the statement, "after becoming aware of the allegations, the President spoke to Mr. Adu Boahen and decided to terminate his appointment as well as refer the subject to the Special Prosecutor for further investigation."
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