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General News of Friday, 23 September 2016


What's wrong with the President sharing money? - MP asks

Many have criticized President John Mahama for sharing what looks like money to traders during a campaign tour, but the Member of Parliament for Lower Manya Krobo says he doesn't see anything wrong with it if it indeed happened.

According to Ebenezer Okletey Terlabi, assuming the said incident happened, the President was doing a good thing - giving - something he does when he goes to church, so what is wrong with that?'

In a video which has gone viral on the internet, President John Mahama is seen handing over what looks like Ghana cedi notes to traders at Abossey Okai during his campaign tour there.

Speaking on Joy FM's Super Morning Show, the Chief of Staff, denied the money sharing allegations.

Julius Debrah said Presidents are not allowed to carry cash around, hence what the President is seen giving out in the video could be leaflets.

Although he admitted he had not seen the video, Mr Okletey Terlabi believed the media was reducing politics to pettiness by giving prominence to the issue.

"There are more important things to discuss like the launch of the NPP manifesto, that is what we should be talking about," he suggested.

He said one way or the other, politicians meet people and they give them money and even if what the president is seen in the video handing to the traders is proven to be money, he should not be criticized for it.

"He is a human being and if he sees someone and he wants to give him money for water, what is wrong about that, he is a human being...supposing you go out there and you meet a destitute and so think that let me give this person money for water or something, what is wrong about that?" he asked host Roland Walker on the AM Show on Joy News TV.

But the Member of Parliament for Ayawaso West Wuogon, Emmanuel Kyeremateng Agyarko thinks the President is not like any other politician and must not engage in such an acts.

He believes the President was sharing money "unless they tell me it is photoshop...was it apples he gave out? Was it apples he gave out in the video?" Mr Kyeremateng quizzed.

He said the actions of President Mahama 'bring our politics and the dignity of the presidency into disrepute.'