Osafo Marfo said some of his remarks have been distorted as advocating tribal or ethnic sentiments in a doctored tape.
Former finance Minister Yaw Osafo-Marfo has said his voice on an alleged secret tape circulating on social and traditional media, in which he allegedly made ethnocentric comments, has been “doctored.”
A tape, which contains a male voice resembling Osafo-Marfo’s was recently unearthed, and is heard telling a gathering at Koforidua that: “…You have all the resources, but you have no say in the management of your resources, and that is what is happening. Your development depends on the one who has no resources.”
But a press statement released from the Office of the former Flagbearer-aspirant, and signed by his Special Assistant Emmanuel Bediako Mamfe said: “Our attention has been drawn to an alleged tape recording of a meeting in Koforidua held on the 29th January, 2015. At this meeting Hon. Yaw Osafo-Maafo made several remarks on the state of the Ghanaian economy, on political strategy and on economic and political empowerment.”
“Subsequently, some of his remarks have been distorted as advocating tribal or ethnic sentiments, trying to create the impression that he is a tribalist. In all his public life, he have striven to do what is right for Ghana and not for any sectional interest.
“We therefore wish to state the following:
(i). The alleged tape purported to be his voice has been doctored, mischievously re-arranged and pieced together, using modern technology, to create a false impression.
(ii). This meeting took place on 29th January, but this concoction has been mischievously released to coincide with and try to overshadow the recent successful “Wᴐn Gbo” demonstration of 18th February.
(iii). The release of this doctored tape is a desperate attempt to divert the attention of Ghanaians from REAL problems facing Ghana – widespread corruption, rising levels of unemployment, economic hardships and mismanagement of the economy.”