Saving Their Image: Gov’t and Special Prosecutor Pounce on Mahama Ayariga

Mahama Ayariga, MP for Bawku Central and former Minister of State

Accra, Ghana, January 13, 2019//-Government’s diversionary propaganda prosecution to hit Ghana tomorrow as Mahama Ayariga, a Minister of State in the previous government is set to be prosecuted by the special prosecutor.

Intercepted confidential information reveals a sinister political ploy to arrest and prosecute the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central constituency in the Upper East of Ghana for various “offences”.

According to the information, Mr Ayariga who was the Minister of Environment, Science, Technology and Innovation had smeared himself with some perceived “financial malfeasance”.

Sources close to the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) on whose government Mr Ayariga became the minister say the government intends that, this case will be the major news for tomorrow and the coming days to wave off the pressure under which it is currently reeling under.

It can be recalled that, government has in recent times come under intense pressure of non performance by citizens and plethora of corruption allegations.

“The charges sighted show clearly that there is mischief behind the intention to prosecute. The charges are essentially trumped up, largely frivolous, vexatious and of nuisance value only intended to shift the focus of public discussion from the incompetence and numerous high profile corruption allegations against the Akufo-Addo-led administration including the President’s scandalous endorsement of Menzgold’s NAM1, Electoral Commission incompetence in the recent referenda, the unending banking crisis and many more”, according to members of the NDC.

It would be recalled that, ex-president Jerry John Rawlings recently wondered what was holding back Martin Amidu, the Special Prosecutor, from doing his job.

Another research work by lecturers of the political science department of the University of Ghana raised the allegations of government corruption.

It’s been very politically embarrassing for government and they must find a way to deflect this.  “…we must do everything within our strength to turn the heat on the opposition NDC….” this statement is attributed to a top ranking member of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) government.”….we must get Martin Amidu busy doing something.

It doesn’t have to result in conviction. The most important thing is that, he is doing something otherwise, people may believe that NDC was not corrupt after all….”

“Their own ex-president is the one making this call. So what’s our problem? Put it out there and let them struggle with it…..”

However, an independent legal expert maintains that Mr Amidu risks damaging his reputation for “‘accepting to do this dirty job”.

He must nonetheless justify his existence. “…..I think that’s why he has accepted to do it so as not to be seen as drawing salaries for nothing….”

More anon!

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