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General News of Monday, 4 June 2018

Source: citinewsroom.com

Don’t make Anas an outcast – Rawlings

Former President Jerry John Rawlings has lashed out at persons who have tried to rubbish the work of the investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas.

Rawlings explained that whereas other countries are hailing Anas for his fight against corruption, he has been rendered an outcast in his own country, Ghana.

“When we had the chance, we made an outcast of our own allowing our rivals to recognise the true worth and offer him [Anas Aremeyaw Anas] such a sensitive national anti-corruption role. What does that make of us?”

Mr Rawlings remarked on Monday when he gave a speech at the 39th-anniversary durbar to mark the June 4 uprising in Accra.

The event was on the theme: “Re-organising towards the core values.”

Anas is yet to publicly screen a video which supposedly captures some officials within Ghana’s sports sector said to have engaged in some alleged corrupt practices.

June 6, 2018, has been scheduled for the premiering of the said video.

Already the President of the Ghana Football Association, Kwesi Nyantakyi is being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department for allegedly sealing some business deal in the yet-to-be-screened video using the name of the President Nana Akufo-Addo and his Vice.

President Akufo-Addo directed the CID to investigate Nyantakyi after watching excerpts of the Anas video.

An outspoken member of the governing New Patriotic Party, Kennedy Agyapong is also on record to have chastised Anas for his mode of investigation describing as “blackmail.”

He has also threatened to publish properties owned by Anas.

Kennedy Agyapong who is also the Member of Parliament for the Assin Central constituency has also reportedly released some photos he claimed was that of hooded Anas but turned out to be fake.

For this reason, the Ghana Journalist Association condemned the photos and asked for 24 hours protection for the investigative journalist and his team.



Criticisms not new to Anas

Anas usually face such objections when he comes out with his exposés.

‘What Anas is doing is relevant’ – Dr Bawumia

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has defended mode of operation of undercover journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas in exposing corruption.

He said: “what Anas is doing is very relevant,” adding that “people should know that what they do in the dark can be exposed.”

“Really I will encourage him [Anas] to do what he does,” the Vice President added.