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General News of Saturday, 30 September 2017

Source: Samuel Asare

Chiefs of Staff don't handle visas - Julius Debrah

Former Chief of Staff in the John Mahama government Mr Julius Debrah has denied ever having anything to do with visa applications for persons in government. This follows allegations being circulated on social media that he has been banned from entering seven countries for visa racketeering.

Social media footsoldiers of the ruling New Patriotic Party government have, in the past few days been circulating a story from a fake news website which alleges that the former Chief of Staff has been banned from travelling to seven western countries because of his involvement in visa racketeering while he was the Chief of Staff.

But in a leaked WhatsApp chat with his friends the former Chief of Staff has denied the allegations saying "I have never used the office of President to acquire a visa for anybody, not a single person because I have never got involved with matters of visa acquisition."

Read the rest of the leaked test below:

"The Chief of Staff does not apply for visas for government delegation when travelling. It's the office of the Director of State Protocol that has that responsibility. And throughout my tenure of office as Chief of Staff, I personally never applied for visa for anybody. And never do I recall ever sending or facilitating the travelling of party supporters with the motive as sojourners. I have never used the office of President to acquire a visa for anybody not a single person because I never got involved with matters of visas acquisition. Even known drug dealers are not banned from 7 countries, let alone a former Chief of Staff to the President?

However, as has always been my approach I usually leave matters of such nature to my maker. He has a better way of handling them. Never forget that anytime the devil attacks you, he knows that you are a potential goal scorer. I was born a winner and no man can change my destiny.

Thank you very much for your love and God bless you. And also don't forget that a few months ago I was alleged to have received over 40.5 million cedis from BOST into my private account at Fidelity Bank, purchased bulletproof vehicles for President Nana Addo, withdrew the 10% deductions from the salaries of former ministers for private purposes, the list can go on and on and on."