Ursula, Franklin trade Bible verses over controversial $89m Kelni GVG contract

Ursula, Franklin trade Bible verses over controversial $89m Kelni GVG contract

- Bible verses have become the latest source of defence in the controversial government contract with Kelni GVG

- Communications minister Ursula Owusu-Ekuful quoted Exodus 32:26 to buttress the government's position that the deal is the "best we could have gotten"

Communications Minister Ursula Owusu Ekuful on Thursday resorted to Bible quotations in a bid to defend the $89 million Kelni GVG contract.

The controversial contract, she said, is geared towards authenticating the revenues telcos declare to government.

Ursula, Franklin trade Bible verses over controversial $89m Kelni GVG contract

Ursula Owusu-Ekuful and Franklin Cudjoe of IMANI trade Bible verses over controversial $89m Kelni GVG contract

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Madam Ursula Owusu quoted Exodus 32:26 in an attempt to explain why the contract represents a good deal for Ghana.

"Then Moses stood in the gate of the camp, and said, who is on the Lord's side? Let him come unto me. And all the sons of Levi gathered themselves together unto him,” she told Parliament.

She defended government's engagement of Kelni GVG to build, operate and transfer a system that tracks the call traffic at the telcos.

The contract was agreed after government complained of not having an accurate way of verifying if the telcos indeed pay their taxes.

The government, hence, signed a deal with Kelni GVG to supersede that role at a monthly cost of $1.49 million.

The Communications Minister said the inability of the telcos to corporate is frustrating the government of Ghana.

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However, in a sharp riposte, the president of policy tink tank IMANI Ghana, Franklin Cudjoe said Kelni GVG lacks the credibility to carry out such a supervisory role on the telcos.

Listing a series of controversies that the company has been involved in other countries, Mr. Cudjoe said Kelni GVG was stopped by a High court in Kenya while in Tanzania, the largest telecom company Vodacom has said Kelni GVG did no work.

He added that the company is being audited in Liberia and were chased out in Senegal for their inefficiency.

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He decided to sing the same tune as the Communications Minister by also resorting to the Bible to explain his point.

Mr. Cudjoe quoted a Bible verse in Exodus 32:9, saying: "And the Lord said unto Moses, I have seen this people, and, behold, it is a stiffnecked people".

According to him, the government must stop proving stubborn because everything indicates that it is a bad deal.

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