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Opinions of Tuesday, 12 June 2012

Columnist: Thompson, Kofi

A Thousand Apologies Fidelity Bank!

By Kofi Thompson

I am writing to render an unqualified apology to Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited - which I inadvertedly mentioned in an article, published on's features web-page on the 4th of June 2012 - when in fact I was actually referring to Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited.

I am mortified that I have sullied Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited's hard-earned reputation so unfairly, and apologise unreservedly to it, once again. There is no excuse for this aberration.

To make amends, I am reproducing the said article below - this time referring correctly to Zenith Bank (Ghana) Limited, the bank I had originally meant to mention in the said article, which is reproduced below today. Please read on:

"Ghana Is Slowly Being Ruined By An Elite-Rip-off-Culture - Underpinned By Unfathomable Greed

By Kofi Thompson

The phenomenon that is Martin Amidu, Ghana's former Attorney General, offers patriotic Ghanaians (of every imaginable political hue), a tantalising view of what Ghana would be like, under a truly principled and fearless anti-corruption-crusading president.

Thanks to Martin Amidu, the outrageous, nation-wrecking Alchemist's-fool's-gold attempt, by Zenith Bank Ghana Limited, to turn a toxic loan to Balkan Energy into a balance-sheet asset, at Ghana's expense, is now public knowledge.

It will make it that much harder for the powerful crooks in the Mills administration, to allow Ghana to be short-changed by Zenith Bank Ghana Limited and its roguish rip-off-merchant clients, that sodden Balkan Energy.

Their nearly-successful behind-the-scenes sleight-of-hand manoeuvre, using an unpatriotic National Democratic Congress (NDC) lobbyist, to try and get the government of Ghana to agree to an out of court settlement, of an attempted rip-off of Mother Ghana (of gargantuan proportions) by Balkan Energy - in which the government had an "iron-clad case" (to quote Martin Amidu) - will now almost certainly fail.

And it is thanks to the brave and principled Martin Amidu. (God bless him - and protect him from his enemies.)

That is how things ought to be in our country - which is slowly being ruined by an elite-rip-off culture: underpinned by unfathomable greed.

And that is why we must all join Martin Amidu's anti-corruption crusade.

Alas, it is pretty obvious, reading between the lines in his press releases, that he is being put under tremendous pressure, to keep quiet, by senior Establishment figures whom he obviously respects. Heaven help our country."

End of the aforementioned article in which I unfairly maligned Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited - when in fact I was referring to Zenith Bank Ghana Limited.

That, dear reader was what I had originally intended to write - and once again apologise unreservedly to Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited to the harm done to their hard-earned reputation so unfairly - when I had meant to mention Zenith Bank Ghana Limited. A thousand apologies Fidelity Bank Ghana Limited, once again.