Last week, the controversial musician, A Plus and politician, Ken Agyapong made some corruption allegations against some officials at the presidency. They are yet to provide proof as CID goes wild. Here's a review of that and other happenings this past week.
He was, however, quick to add that persons who make allegations of corruption against his officials should also be prepared to give evidence when called upon.
And so it becomes quite baffling that right after this pronouncement, musician and NPP sympathizer, A Plus, will make corruption allegations against two deputy chiefs of staff without giving reasons for the accusation.
His allegations seem to have been backed by maverick politician and Assin Central MP, Ken Agyapong, who is now said to be beating a retreat over the claims.
Last week, the two were invited by the Criminal Investigations Department of the Ghana Police Service to substantiate the corruption allegations they made. Ken Agyapong insists that he has not received any official invitation. For his colleague A Plus, he has been “swerving” the CID on the basis that his lawyers were not available to accompany him.
Interesting. Well, the case is not over and it’s likely to get heated these coming days as the controversial musician is expected to meet the CID on Tuesday to assist in investigations. We shall live to see whether the musician was only making unsubstantiated allegations based on "feelings" or one based on concrete evidence. We shall also live to see what will become of the Assin Central MP.
Likewise, SSNIT must prove to Ghanaians what prerequisite requirements it uses before engaging someone, especially after news broke that its IT boss, Caleb Afaglo has been sacked for securing a job at the Trust with alleged fake degrees.
Afaglo has since been defending his academic credentials, but even before this, the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) had already interdicted him over the matter, saying that he did not deserve his position at SSNIT.
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All this is coming at a time when the public is outraged at the Trust following the revelation that it spent $72 million to install a software and hardware system known as Operational Business Suite (OBS)to automate processes at the Trust.
But why must it take this long to get to validate the qualifications of Afaglo? And how did he get the job in the first place, considering the fake degree claims are true. Why shouldn’t the Human Resource Department be blamed for failing to do its work? But for this software scandal, would we have known anything about these alleged fake degrees?
And even if the allegations against Afaglo are true, can we really blame him? For someone who had worked at the NPRA, GNPC, MTN, and others, then he may have been good on the job. But he probably found himself in this situation because of the requirement of sometimes unnecessary titles for some positions, particularly in the government sector. Maybe it is high time we looked at the obsession we have with titles rather than skills.
And to those thinking that the former Deputy Agric Minister's resignation was not necessary, considering he apologised for the disparaging comments against our brothers in the North, did you listen to the man after he resigned?
He said that his resignation was to bring peace among those offended and to “save the president and the entire party from further rancor and disaffection.” And that should be it. Perhaps with his action, appointees will be mindful of their tongues when commenting on issues.
And in the same vein, we need to be very careful when casting blame when issues arise.
The trolling of former president John Mahama on social media after Kenya’s Supreme Court nullified their election results was rather ridiculous. It will be totally irresponsible for people to blame Mahama for describing the botched elections as fair and transparent. Let’s remember, this was based on the facts available to his team.
Besides, apart from the Commonwealth Observer group led by Mahama, other observer groups who were also in Kenya to monitor the polls described it as fair and credible. The interesting case is that it now turns out that Mahama actually advised opposition leader, Raila Odinga to go to court if aggrieved. All leaders of observer groups did same. So what’s the issue now?
And to think that the Black Stars would have put some joy on our faces last Friday. It’s a pity, the coach simply did not get his tactics right and it is now unlikely that Ghana will qualify for the 2018 World Cup.
And oh, what’s this talk about one Dr Monney who can’t help journalists earn more money?...Hmmm. #GJAElections…Watch this space.