Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum is false

Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum is false

- Claims that former president John Dramani Mahama shared cash to his party supporters during a campaign tour in Berekum are false

- Videos suggesting he was sharing money was reportedly shared by pro-NPP supporters

- The nature of the item and how it was tossed does not prove or appear to be money as claimed to be

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There seemed to be news claiming that former president John Dramani Mahama shared cash to his party supporters during a campaign tour in Berekum.

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, (NDC) visited the Bono Region on September 28, 2020, as part of his campaign tour of the regions ahead of the 2020 elections.

Checks by YEN.com.gh from Citinewsroom revealed that the claims were made on a pro-government Facebook page including NPP projects bureau.

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Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum false

The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress, John Dramani Mahama Source: Facebook
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To make these claims look true, videos were shared showing the former president standing out of a vehicle’s sunroof while the vehicle was mobbed by several individuals clad in colors of the NDC: red, white, green and black.

The NDC through a statement signed by the party’s campaign spokesperson, James Agyenim-Boateng, denied the claims of John Mahama distributing money.

According to him, the claims were false. He also mentioned that as part of Mahama's campaign, the only items he shares are branded nose masks.

Two different videos making the rounds on social media, claiming that Mahama was sharing money to party supporters during his campaign tour are all false

The NPP Projects Bureau, a Facebook page on September 28, 2020, stated that Mahama was sharing money instead of the nose mask he claimed to be sharing.

It happens that that same video matched a video uploaded on September 21, 2016 by Joy news

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In one video, John Mahama could be spotted in a black polo shirt and a white baseball cap on a campaign at Abossey Okai in 2016.

Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum false

Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum false Source: Citinesroom
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Another video also shared by a Twitter user who is prone to sharing Pro-NPP content on his timeline, showed Mahama on his recent Berekum visit sharing something.

The NDC presidential candidate is seen standing out of the sunroof of his vehicle in a deep blue shirt and with many of his followers surrounding the vehicle.

Although the video is dark and not very clear, it is noticeable that he does at a point hand out something to some people.

John Mahama was seen taking and handing out the item which was black with a touch of white to someone and later tossing another into the crowd.

Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum false

Fact-check: Claim that John Mahama shared money in Berekum false Source: Citinewsroom
Source: UGC

The first frame showed the NDC flagbearer slide the item down the vehicle's windscreen. The second frame shows him holding the black item while the third frame gives a better view of the item after he tossed it into the crowd.

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The nature of the item and how it was tossed does not prove or appear to be money as claimed to be.

Based on the evidence above, we conclude that the item John Mahama gave to party supporters on his tour of Berekum is not money as claimed.

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