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General News of Friday, 23 September 2016


I gave GH¢50 note to crying little girl - Mahama responds to critics

President John Dramani Mahama has admitted giving out money during a campaign trail as captured in a video which has gone viral on various media platforms.

According to the Daily Post Newspaper which spoke to the President currently in the USA, the incident happened when they entered Sabon Zongo through a narrow and a heavy crowd following him.

The president who has since laughed off claims he was distributing money according to paper explained that from the top of his vehicle, he saw a little girl with a tray of boiled egg in the crowd being pushed by the cheering crowd amidst the jostling. The tray fell from the girl’s head and the crowd trampled on the fallen eggs. The girl then burst into tears.

Touched by what only he could see because of where he was standing, he ordered the man who commands his convoy (who was in his vehicle) to stop the convoy. The convoy thus stopped. President Mahama said he then took GH¢50 from his ADC, pointed to the crying girl in the crowd and then reaching down from the top of the vehicle, gave it to a woman standing by her thinking she was with the girl.”

However, he was surprised to see the girl still crying so he asked her if the woman was the mother. When the girl shook her head and he noticed the woman had moved away, he took another GH¢50 from his ADC and gave it to the girl. This drew wild cheers from the teeming crowd.”

President Mahama recalled that it was even the crowd that helped the girl forward towards his vehicle to enable her take the money because they knew he was compensating her for what she had lost. It explains why the people around were not scrambling for the money.