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Sam George, Ayorkor Botchwey in near blows in Parliament

Foreign Affairs Minister clashes with Sam George

The two MPs were involved in a near-fight, with other lawmakers having to step in to save the situation.

The melee was reportedly sparked by a disagreement over the amount of money spent by the Foreign Affairs Ministry in acquiring a Chancery building in Oslo, Norway.

In a video that has gone viral, Mrs. Ayorkor Botchwey is captured in an altercation with Okudzeto Ablakwa and some Minority MPs.

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However, the Minister later charged at Sam George, who was standing right behind his colleague Minority MPs.

Accra-based Citi FM reports that the Foreign Affairs Minister was addressing the Minority MPs ostensibly explaining the Ministry’s budgeted expenditure on the Chancery when she heard Sam George making catcalls and taking a video record of her engagement with the MPs.

The situation was prevented from escalating after the security held the Minister back, with Parliament’s Foreign Affairs Committee, Frank Annoh Dompreh, persuading her away from the scene.

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Meanwhile, the Minority has accused the Foreign Affairs Ministry of inflating cost over the conversion of a 100-year-old 6-bedroom house in Oslo Norway, into Ghana’s new mission in Norway.

Speaking on the floor of Parliament, Mr. Ablakwa alleged that the said property was bought by a certain woman for $2.9 million in 2014 and sold to an unknown buyer for $3.5 million in August 2017.

He said it was, therefore, surprising that the Ministry in a presentation to the Foreign Affairs committee said it was purchasing the same building for $12.2 million in 2018.

The Foreign Affairs Minister, though, told Parliament that the transaction has been completely halted following the issues raised.

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Mrs. Ayorkor Botchwey said officers have been asked to look for a new place, adding that she “will not superintend over any act of corruption or wrongdoing or outrageous inflation of figures or fraudulent activities that will end in the loss of funds to the Ministry and by extension the state.”

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