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General News of Tuesday, 30 April 2019


Don’t compare Bukari’s bribe tape issue to Osafo Maafo’s 'Aisha Huang' comments - Obiri Boahen

Rockson Bukari, former Minister of State and Senior Minister, Osafo Maafo Rockson Bukari, former Minister of State and Senior Minister, Osafo Maafo

The leaked tape that led to the resignation of Mr. Rockson Ayine Bukari as the Minister of State at the Office of the President in charge of special duties cannot be equated to Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Marfo’s comment on reasons the state freed ‘galamsey queen’ Aisha Huang, according to a Deputy General Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), Lawyer Obiri Boahen.

“Osafo-Maafo was dealing with international relations, if you like people outside Ghana and that of Rockson Bukari involves corruption”, he explained during an interview monitored on Kumasi-based Nhyira FM morning show.

According to the outspoken politician cum lawyer, persons calling for the resignation of the Senior Minister are getting the understanding of the two situations wrong; stating Mr. Rockson Bukari resigned on his accord contrary to rumours he had been fired.

“He is a traditional and matured person who does things on his own”, Lawyer Obiri Boahen told host of ‘Kro Yimu Nsem’ political talk show hosted by Aduanaba Kofi Asante Ennin.


Minister of State at the Office of the President, Rockson Bukari resigned from his position, days after a leaked tape allegedly involving him was released.

According to a statement from the presidency, Mr Bukari tendered in his resignation letter to President Akufo-Addo on Monday 29th April, 2019.

His decision to resign, according to the statement was “in order not to allow the tape to disrupt the focus on government in delivering on its mandate”.

Rockson Bukari was caught on tape trying to prevent the Starr Fm’s Upper East region correspondent from publishing a damning story against a Chinese mining company when he was the Upper East regional minister.

Mr. Bukari tried bribing the journalist with GH¢5,000 cash in a brown envelope and a brand new motorbike to stop the story from going public.

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