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General News of Saturday, 16 December 2017


Baako wants government employee, military, sanctioned for Rambo-style eviction

Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Malik Kwaku Baako Jnr says presidential staffer Grace Acheampong who is at the center of illegal eviction of civil servants from their homes must be sacked.

The ace journalist believes Ms. Acheampong is putting the office of the president into disrepute.

Mr. Baako also says her accomplices, the military, must be made to face the music as well.

“It appears that some military men accompanied her, the military hierarchy must discipline them”, Mr. Baako said on Joy News TV’s News File programme Saturday.

Last week, Grace Acheampong allegedly led some military men to ransack the home of one Mr. Abdulai Amin who is a staff of the Accountant-General's Department, in a bid to evict him.

According to her, they have no proof he is a government worker.

Speaking to Joy FM's Super Morning Show on December 8, Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, vowed to punish Grace for dehumanizing a government worker in the name of the Presidency.

"Trust me I am going to deal with it. I am going to get to the bottom of this matter," he said and pointed out that "the Flagstaff House is not an extension of the Ministry of Works and Housing".

"I don't see why anybody should take it upon himself to evict a government worker," he added.

Mr. Baako suggested that the matter must be followed to its logical conclusion and that the minister must keep to his words by punishing Grace.

“We must go further to find out whether he actually takes action against her”, he said.

He also agreed with the suggestion of Dean of GIMPA law School, Kofi Abotsi, who was also on Show, that a policy should be made by the minister to prevent such evictions in the future.

“That is the way you cure such activities in the long term”, he said.