Ghana’s political landscape has witnessed a number of surprising events, key among them being politicians named in scandals.
More often than not, these incidents get several Ghanaians worried, as it appears those tasked with guarding the country’s resources are instead using them for personal benefits.
YEN.com.gh has sampled six instances in which popular politicians have been named in high profile scandals in Ghana:
1. Abuga Pele:
Abuga Pele, the former Member of Parliament (MP) for Chiana-Paga constituency was indicted in the GYEEDA scandal for causing financial loss to the state, defrauding by false pretences and aiding and abeting crime. He claimed he was innocent of the charges leveled against him.
2. Mahama Ayariga:
A former deputy minister for trade and Industry, Mahama Ayariga, was accused of allocating five state tractors to himself just after the National Democratic Congress (NDC) assumed office in 2009.
He applied for a tractor but was given five (5) by the ministry of agriculture, which was contrary to the rule governing the acquisition of the tractors.
According to reports, contrary to assertions by Ayariga that the tractors were hired for GH¢10 to plough an acre of land, the tractors were rather hired for GH¢25.
3. Alhaji Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka:
Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka, the MP for Asawase in the Ashanti region. He was the Minister for Youth and Sports. He was requested by the late President Mills to proceed on leave while allegations of corruption against him were investigated.
4. Victoria Hammah:
Former deputy communications minister, Victoria Hammah, was sacked after she was allegedly recorded saying she would stay in politics until she has made $1m (£600,000).
In August 2013, she allegedly said there was a lot of pressure on her to steal public money because people thought that, as a minister, she was rich.
5. Joe Osei Owusu:
Mr Osei-Owusu, known in political circles as Joe Wise, appeared before a special committee to conduct an inquiry into allegations of collecting bribe against him and some minority members.
He however repeated his earlier position that he never took any money from Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko to be given to the minority members on the committee to influence his approval for the position.
6. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa:
MP for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa was accused of amassing wealth through the abuse of public office.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP), then in opposition, alleged that Ablakwa owned fuel stations, as well as other investments across the country and overseas.
However Okudzeto Ablakwa stated that the claims were unfounded and were mere pejorative speculations spread by the NPP.
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