- Four MPs last week were banned from UK over visa fraud
- The Efutu MP has urged the British High Commission to consider a fair hearing for the MPs
- He disclosed that during his student days, Ibrahim Mahama was his visa guarantor
Alexander Afenyo Markin, the member of parliament for Efutu, in the Central Region has disclosed that his study visa to Switzerland during his time as a student at the University of Cape Coast was made possible with the help of former president John Mahama's brother, Ibrahim Mahama.
He was speaking on Joy FM's Newsfile on Saturday when he said, "as a student, Ibrahim Mahama of Engineers and Planners guaranteed my travel with his bank statement. He didn’t know me, but he wrote on the form that he knew me. We were traveling to Switzerland on a UN programme and the Embassy needed a guarantor."
He was contributing on a panel discussion about the visa fraud involving three MPs and a former MP of the Ghanaian parliament, when he said that if the MPs had guaranteed visas for some persons, it meant they were assured of their integrity, like in his case.
He further urged the British High Commission to conduct a fair hearing for the legislators, which he opined should have been the first task before the letter addressed to the Speaker of Parliament.
Earlier this week, three legislators in Ghana’s parliament and a former lawmaker were exposed by the British High Commission in Ghana for indulging in visa fraud.
According to a letter signed by the Jon Benjamin, the former British High Commissioner to the Speaker of Parliament Prof. Mike Ocquaye, the MPs used their diplomatic passports to apply for visas for persons travelling to the UK and they never returned.
The letter cited Richard Acheampong, MP for Bia East in the Western Region, Joseph Benhazin Dahah, MP for Asutifi North in the Brong Ahafo region, Johnson Kwaku Adu, MP for Ahafo Ano South West, in the Ashanti Region and George Boakye, former MP for Asunafo South in the Brong Ahafo region for engaging in the fraudulent act.
"The British High Commission considers the actions completely unacceptable. In some cases these behaviors may arguably be criminal in nature.We are also circulating this letter widely to other Diplomatic Missions which issue visas in Ghana in the expectation that some of them will consider similar action to ourselves against the above-named individuals," the letter said.
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