EOCO Probes Stop the political noise, focus on your business - Kweku Baako tells Ibrahim Mahama

The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper Kweku Baako said that the politicians who are speaking on behalf of Ibrahim Mahama are not helping his course and that of his two companies.

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The Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper has called on businessman Ibrahim Mahama to ensure that more competent people handle the recent expose on two of his companies instead of politicians.

Kweku Baako said on Accra-based Peace FM that the politicians who are speaking on his behalf are not helping his course and that of the two companies.

“If I were the companies, I would rather prefer that all sorts of spokespersons that have emerged from nowhere are stopped.”

“They are not helping the two companies, I don’t get the thrust of their submissions,” he added.

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As of December 2015, Ibrahim Mahama’s Holman Builders owed an amount of GHC3.71 million, while MBG Ltd also owed GHC13.15 million in duties as of December 2016.

After paying part of the debt, Mr Mahama, according to the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) issued dud cheques for the payment of the remaining GHs10 million on accounts that have been closed.

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has, therefore, given the businessman two weeks to pay the debt or face penalties.

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This has led to some sympathisers of Mr Mahama and the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) speaking on his behalf.

It is not known if he personally appointed them.

 

An example is the Member of Parliament for Ningo-Prampram, Sam George, who has denied that the businessman owes the GRA.

However, Mr Baako said the interventions of Sam George and the other spokespersons on the issue are rather making the matter worse.

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He suggested that the two companies cut out the “noise” and focus on dealing with the issues that have been raised.

“I don’t think this is something that is insurmountable. The companies should question themselves and figure out if they have the capability to redeem the obligations,” he said.

He added that since the equipment at the centre of the issue is being used by their sister company, Engineers and Planners (E&P), the matter must be handled in a way that does not impede the road construction project E&P is undertaking.

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“If the project succeeds, it is in the national interest and the company will be paid for it so at the end of the day the company can continue to undertake its project while it fulfils its indebtedness to the GRA.”

He stressed that the best option was to “cut out the political noise, the crowd manifestations, get serious people to sit with the companies, negotiate a deal redeem your obligations and continue your business."

“It is not the end of the world,” he added.

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