Minister resigns following leaked tape saga

Minister resigns following leaked tape saga

- A minister of state at the presidency Rockson Bukari has resigned over bribery allegations levelled against him by a journalist

- A statement from the presidency on Monday, April 29, 2019 said Mr. Bukari has resigned and President Akufo-Addo has accepted his resignation

President Nana Akufo-Addo on Monday, April 29, 2019 accepted the resignation letter of minister of state at the presidency Rockson Bukari.

Rockson Bukari’s resignation follows a leaked audio tape in which he is heard allegedly trying to suppress the publication of a damning story against a mining firm and a judge in the Upper East Region.

A statement signed by the Director of Communications at the presidency, Eugene Arhin, indicated Mr. Bukari has resigned and president Akufo-Addo has accepted his resignation.

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Mr. Bugari in his letter of resignation noted that he resigned “as a matter of principle”, having “exercised judgment contrary to what I have known you to stand for and require of your servants in running this country.”

The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, on Monday, 29th April, 2019, accepted the resignation from office of Hon. Rockson Bukari, Minister of State at the Office of the President.

“This was after Hon. Rockson Bukari submitted his letter of resignation to the President on Monday, 29th April, because he had “taken note of the tape circulating in the media”, and had, therefore, taken the decision to resign “in order not to allow the tape to disrupt the focus of government in delivering on its mandate,” parts of the letter read.

Mr. Bukari in the leaked tape allegedly attempted to bribe Starr FM journalist, Edeti to kill a story against a judge and a Chinese mining firm when he was Upper East Regional Minister.

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He denied the bribery allegation in a statement on Sunday, April 28, 2019 insisting he was only intervening.

For the avoidance of doubt, the Minister’s approach by way of pleading with Edeti is typical with his peace-making intervention approach to situations, and in this case, sought to avoid what he was informed was a misjudgment sought to be projected to hurt the reputation of a retiring judge in the region he had superintended as minister,” a statement from Rockson’s office said.

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