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General News of Friday, 23 September 2016


Mahama clearly shared cash - Minority Leader

President John Mahama is desperate to remain in office after the December 7 presidential and parliamentary elections and has, therefore, resorted to sharing cash to buy votes, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu, Minority Leader in Parliament, has said.

Mr Mahama was captured on video distributing what his critics say was money to some persons in a crowd during his campaign tour at Abossey Okai. But the government has come out to clarify that it was not money he was sharing.

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, has said the video is possibly doctored and Mr Mahama may have been giving out leaflets as the president does not move around with cash.

He said: “It is also possible that it could be a leaflet. Anytime the president walks, he does not carry cash on him and that is the tradition from generations. So I will be very surprised if the president had cash on him.”

But speaking in an interview with Chief Jerry Forson, host of Ghana Yensom, on Accra100.5FM on Friday, September 23, Mr Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the explanation was laughable because it was glaring that Mr Mahama was handing out cash to the crowd.”

“Was it a toilet paper he was throwing to the crowd?” he asked.

“We have had a government that, for the first time, is bribing and sharing physical cash openly. It shows that John Mahama is very desperate. If you claim you have performed well in office, let those achievements speak for you. Why are you going about sharing money? Why are you buying Land Cruisers for chiefs? Why are you distributing sewing machines to people in the villages? If you claim the living conditions have improved under your government, why are you sharing these items to voters?

“Let the supposed improved living conditions of Ghanaians speak for you and allow the people to vote on their own convictions. It tells how desperate they are.”