Ministerial Vetting I am not a fraudster or criminal- Catherine Afeku

Mrs. Catherine Afeku has allegedly been leveled as a fraudster since her nomination by President Nana Akufo-Addo came up.

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Minister-designate of Tourism, Arts and Culture, Catherine Afeku, has reputed being a fraudster and a criminal.

According to her, she has never been charged for fraudulent acts and has no criminal background.

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Speaking to Parliament's Appointments Committee on Monday, 6 February, 2017, Catherine Afeku who has previously been in media reports for defrauding a foreigner denied the accusations.

She, however, explained that a business relationship between her and some American partners went "sour" at a point and the matter ended up in court but no criminal findings were made against her.

Ahead of her vetting, a civil society group wanted President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to reconsider his ministerial nomination for the Tourism and Creative Arts ministry.

READ ALSO: Group accuses Tourism minister designate of fraud

According to Truth and Accountable Governance (TAG), Madam Catherine Afeku as Minister designates of Tourism and Creative Arts is not the right person for the ministry.

"No, I have never been charged with fraud, neither have I ever had a criminal background. But in 2007, I had the opportunity to do business with some American partners. It (was) a simple business relationship that went sour, it ended up in court as a civil suit, a judgment was made in their favor and the claims were very clear: a refund of money, a car, and interest on the said amount," the ministerial nominee said.

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She added that, "Myself (sic), my husband and the company we established, we did not agree with the judgment. As law abiding citizens, we complied and obeyed and had paid $117,000 out of the fine of $219,000 until 2013 when we came back to file a fresh evidence in the form of video recording of the son of our business partner who was actually our witness in the earlier judgment professing, confessing that the entire suit was based on a conspiracy between my business partners and a native of Axim, an elderly man."

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Catherine Afeku comes into the role with one Parliamentary term experience behind her, as well as her work with the Executive branch. She served on multiple committees during her time in Parliament including the Road and Transport and Communications Committees, and also served for a time as the Deputy Ranking Member of the Business Committee.

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