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General News of Tuesday, 27 November 2012

Source: Hanna S. Tetteh, Communications Director, NDC Campaign

Submit GIPC funding report today – Prez Mahama orders

Reports say President John Dramani Mahama has instructed the Board of the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre (GIPC) to, as a matter of urgency, commence investigations into allegations of misappropriation of funds against the Chief Executive Officer and some top management members.

Media reports on Monday suggested that the CEO, Mr George Aboagye had ordered the payment of funds to a pro-NDC group, Volunteers for Mahama.

A statement signed by the Communications Director for the John Mahama 2012 campaign and Minister of Trade, Hanna Tetteh described the act as intolerable and immoral.

Below is the full text of the statement

PRESS STATEMENT FROM THE JOHN MAHAMA 2012 CAMPAIGN REGARDING SOLICITATION OF FUNDS BY VOLUNTEERS FOR MAHAMA

The John Mahama 2012 Campaign wishes to disassociate itself from the recent actions of a group of campaigners referred to as Volunteers for Mahama who have been canvassing for support for the John Mahama 2012 Campaign.

While we do appreciate the support given by groups such as Volunteers for Mahama, we do not subscribe to their request for funding support from Government Agencies.We therefore wish to request the Group to refund any money’s that they may have received from the Ghana Investment Promotion Centre at once, and certainly within 24 hours.

We further would like to bring to the attention of all sympathizers, campaigners and affiliates of the NDC that soliciting funds from State Organizations is unacceptable, unethical and we believe not to be in line with the tenets of the Political Parties Act (Act 574). In the circumstances we are instructing all our sympathisers and affiliate organizatons not to solicit funds from any state agencies or entities that do not conform to the provisions on party financing in this Act.

We take a very serious view of this conduct and consider it to be unacceptable and we advise all those who are working for the success of our campaign in the 2012 election to take note of this directive.

We encourage all our sympathizers and loyalists to work hard for the success of the party in the 2012 election, in order that the Party achieves resounding success in the upcomming elections which are not much more than a week away. Let us continue to demonstrate to the People of Ghana our commitment to be working for them.

Hanna S. Tetteh Communications Director John Mahama 2012 Campaign

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