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I'm innocent and committed no crime — Ken Ofori-Atta

Despite Ghanaians mounting pressure on Ken Ofori-Atta to resign as Finance Minister with his critics citing him as responsible for Ghana's current economic challenges, he said he is innocent.

Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta

His reactions come after a censure motion filed against him was unsuccessful when the Majority in Parliament walked out.

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The Minority MPs made seven allegations against the minister, including frivolous spending, conflict of interest, financial recklessness leading to the free fall of the Ghana cedi, and gross mismanagement of the economy.

An eight-member ad hoc committee from both sides of the house was set up to probe the motion.

Ken Ofori-Atta has been accused of making unconstitutional withdrawals from the Consolidated Fund supposedly for the construction of the President's National Cathedral.

The lawmakers said he made 'illegal' payments of oil revenues into offshore accounts and was 'deliberately' and 'dishonestly' misreporting economic data to the Parliament.

Stating further, the Minister has been accused of fiscal recklessness leading to the crash of the Ghana cedi which is currently the worst performing currency in the world; alarming incompetence and frightening ineptitude resulting in the collapse of the Ghanaian economy and an excruciating cost of living crisis.

Ofori-Atta is a cousin to President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo who has shielded the former from parliamentary checks over time.

After the censure report was presented, the Minister said he is not to be responsible for the current economic crisis.

He said "If I say I am innocent, they won't believe me.

"And if I ask for the truth and proof, they won't be able to provide it. I have committed no crime," he stated.

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