- The former NDC Presidential staffer is accusing NPP of using the seat of government for corruption
- Daniel Batidam says the Flagstaff House must purge itself of the recent expatriate corruption allegation
A former special adviser on corruption to President Mahama, Daniel Batidam has described the seat of government under President Akufo-Addo as a monument for corruption.
According to the top National Democratic Congress (NDC) member, the Flagstaff House must come clean on the recent corruption allegations following the expatriate extortion saga.
In a Starr FM report, the former presidential staffer is quoted to have said, President Akufo-Addo is losing his anti-corruption credentials and personality.
“We must be honest with ourselves to deal with corruption in this country. Corruption allegation when it comes very close to the Presidency is not the best. I don’t know why people say we are embarrassing the President when we talk about this issue. It is the Presidency that must come clean when you want to fight corruption. The flagstaff is now a monument of corruption,” Daniel Batidam told Starr FM in Accra.
In an allege leaked document, the Ministry of Trade and Industry has been accused of extorting between $250,000 and $100,000 from some expatriates and business owners in order to sit close to President Akufo-Addo at the just ended Ghana Expatriate Business Awards (GEBA).
The claim which was first made by NDC MP for Asawase, Muntaka Mubarak in Parliament has sparked huge outrage with anti-corruption campaigners calling for heads to roll.
Though the Trade Ministry has explained it was not responsible for the supposed charges, the explanations have not gone well with many critics.
However, the NDC Members of Parliament have described the act as “shameful” under President Akufo-Addo led government.
Meanwhile, the development on Tuesday resulted in a near-brawl at Parliament between former deputy minister Samuel Okudjeto Ablakwa and deputy minister for trade Carlos Ahenkora, who signed the controversial document.
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Source: Yen Ghana