Minister-designate of Tourism I didn't do national service - Catherine Afeku

Catherine Afeku told the appointments committee of parliament during her vetting on Monday that she was not in Ghana to do her national service.

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Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Catherine Afeku

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The Minister-designate for Tourism, Arts and Culture Catherine Afeku as revealed that she did not undertake national service after her tertiary education.

Catherine Afeku told the appointments committee of parliament during her vetting on Monday that she was not in Ghana to do her national service.

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"I was living in Nairobi, Kenya at that time and because my parents were there, I was not given the opportunity to be in Ghana to undertake the national service, so, no I did not do national service, I actually worked in Kenya; for the three months that I came out of university I was in that culture seen as serving the nation … but I was not in Ghana at that time," she said.

Catherine Afeku has been criticized by a group called Truth and Accountable Governance (TAG) alleging that the nominee is a fraudster and as such, should have her nomination revoked in order to save the integrity the president’s nominees.

Read more: Group accuses Tourism minister designate of fraud

"Mrs Afeku and her husband, Mr Seth Afeku, were found guilty for defrauding an American couple on 19-10-2013 by an Accra High Court presided over by Her [Ladyship] Barbara Ackah-Yensu. The trial judge directed the MP for Evalue-Gwira constituency and her husband to pay an amount of $217,464 plus 50 per cent interest to the plaintiff, Patricia and Bill Gick."

 

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According to the group,  such a character should not be allowed to hold public office.

"We also believe that Private Investors both Local and International will not have confidence and trust in the sector if an alleged fraudster is allowed to hold that office. H.E Akufo-Addo being a Lawyer and an anti-corruption campaigner, should have known better. We are calling on him to immediately revoke the appointment of Mrs Catherine Afeku as Minister of Tourism designate if he wants Ghanaians to believe in his willingness to fight corrupt officials," the group said.

Read also: Catherine Afeku downplays fraud allegation

Meanwhile, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has opened an investigations into Afeku who has been charged for fraudulent activities.

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