Information Minsiter, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has urged Ghanaians to disregard the news making rounds that a Ghanaian government official has been arrested with £26 millions in the UK.
Member of Parliament for Tamale North, Hon. Inusah Fuseini, has alleged that the UK customs have intercepted a huge amount of cash transferred from Ghana on a chartered flight and is requesting documentation covering the cash from the Ghana government.
According to Hon. Fuseini the unnamed government official was caught off guard as the investigation spread its tentacles to the Agyapa processes because of its links to the tax havens in Jersey, a British island.
However, according to a publication today on peacefmonline.com the information Minister has disclosed that no government official has been arrested with £26 million in the UK.
He stated emphatically that it is also untrue that UK authorities have intercepted a haul of cash from Ghana to the UK.
Speaking on Takoradi-based Skyy Power FM on Monday, the minister accused the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) of fabricating the news as part of their planned propaganda ahead of the December 7, polls.
According to him, as the country draws closer to the December polls, the opposition NDC will deploy all manner of propaganda tools in a desperate bid to sway voters pointing to the substantive matter as one of such propaganda techniques.
“No government official has been arrested in the UK. It is a total fabrication and we are clear in our minds that it is a fabrication by the NDC and it is part of their strategy for these last eight weeks where they will churning out a lot of fabrication, lies, and fake audiotapes. We are clear in our minds that it is the NDC for one or two reasons. The first person to articulate it publicly is the Honorable Inusah Fusieni, an NDC Member of Parliament,"
“They are the ones who are championing it and articulating it on their online media platforms including Radio Gold online. And now you can also find that there is a fake audiotape that purports to be a piece of international news broadcast on it which is being circulated since last night,” he said.
He said the strategy is similar to the one deployed by the NDC weeks before the 2008 general elections and has been part of their propaganda architecture, especially in election years.
However, the Minister called on the media and the general public to ignore such fabrication and most importantly be on the lookout for similar fabrication in the future from the NDC as the two major political parties in the country battle for votes.
“We are calling on first of all the media and the general Ghanaian public to not fall for these fabrications and fake doctored or cooked up tapes that they are going to be churning out in the next eight weeks as we get ready for the elections,” he added
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