President John Dramani Mahama has for the first time responded to accusations that his government sponsored undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas to investigate the judiciary over corruption claims.
According to him government had no hands in the investigative piece; “I didn’t want to wade into this because, Martin Amidu is somebody I respect very much. He is my elder brother and I will never enter into any altercation with him. I just want to put on record that government did not sponsor Anas in the investigation he did, I want that to go on record” President Mahama opined at a rally in Tamale.
His clarification comes on the back of claims by former Attorney General, Martin Amidu that government was involved in the judicial scandal exposé.
Anas Aremeyaw Anas caught 34 judges on tape taking bribes to throw away cases before them. Seven high court judges are currently on suspension over the issue as a five-member committee probes the indicted officials.
But President Mahama on Saturday admitted that in the past government had sponsored some of the investigations of Anas.
“It is true that government has sponsored some of Anas’ work. When he did the work with customs, president Mills asked him to do it. When he did the work with COCOBOD, it was the Minister of Finance, Dr. Duffuor who asked him to do it.
“This work with the judiciary, we had nothing to do with it. Government did not finance it nor sponsor it,” Mahama emphasised.