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General News of Saturday, 20 July 2019


President Akufo-Addo has 65 relatives occupying various positions in government - Amaliba

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo

A member of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Abraham Amaliba, has accused President Akufo-Addo of superintending over a nepotistic government.

According to him, the President is only employing his ex-girlfriends and family members into his government.

He said Nana Addo has about 65 relatives employed into various positions in the current administration.

Mr. Amaliba said, for a party that accused the erstwhile Mahama administration as being a ‘friends and family government', this is unacceptable.

In his view, many of the appointments made by President Akufo-Addo have gone to undeserving people. “NPP think they are ordained rulers in this country,” the legal practitioner said on TV3’s New Day on Wednesday, July 17, 2019.

“…the president employs ex-girlfriends and family members. Ex-girlfriends of the president have been made ambassadors.”

The NDC legal team member was, however, made to withdraw his statement by the host, Bright Nana Amfoh.

This was after he failed to substantiate his claims when asked to do so after making the wild allegations against the President.

Meanwhile, an NPP spokesperson, Stephen Amoah, who was also on the show, said there is nothing wrong with employing family members provided they are qualified.

“The fact that somebody is a president doesn’t mean his brother cannot work, unless the president’s brother is doing something against the law or probably being given too much advantage against others,” Mr. Amoah said.