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Monday, 13 July 2009

Ghana:Massive Confusion Hits NDC Over Corruption Allegations

Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak
The Muntaka Mubarak ‘Khebab saga’ which has become the major topic for discussion in the media lately is likely to cause massive hatred and disaffection among the rank and file of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).

DAILY GUIDE can confirm that confusion is looming in the corridors of the ruling party which has umbrella as its symbol, and unless the leadership of the party moves in to halt the untoward trend, something nasty would crop up soon in the NDC.

This unpleasant news comes as a result of wild allegations being leveled against top wigs of the party by an aggrieved group of the NDC in the Ashanti region.

Christened ‘Ashanti Regional NDC Task Force’, the group alleged that Hon. Muntaka, the embattled Sports Minster and Member of Parliament (MP) for Asawase, suffered his recent quandary due to a plan schemed by some elements in the NDC who wants to bring him down.

“The intelligence information we have gathered indicates that there are certain elements in the party who are bent on removing Hon. Muntaka from office.”

In a release co-signed by Umar Saeed Usman and Alhaji Safianu, Secretary and Chairman of the group respectively, the group allegedly mentioned Hon. E.T. Mensah, Kojo Bonsu and Ade Coker as those who are trying to pull Hon. Muntaka down.

Without providing any evidential proof to support their wild allegations, they appealed to President Mills “to beware of these aforementioned elements who are parading themselves in the corridors of government as King Makers”.

The Ashanti Regional NDC Task Force opined that Hon. Muntaka has suffered his fate due to the policies that he implemented at the ministry which were aimed at “making sure that things are put in their proper places and avert people from misusing the public funds”.

They contended that the Asawase MP is a very hardworking gentleman with a distinguished character so he could never indulge in any untoward activity that would taint his hard-won reputation and that of his beloved NDC.

Still throwing their support behind the Asawase MP, the NDC Task Force depicted Hon. Muntaka as a man of integrity, justice and transparency; describing as hoax, the financial misappropriation leveled against the young politician.

The group thanked the government for giving Hon. Muntaka the chance to respond to the charges leveled against him so far, hoping that at the end of the investigations, the Asawase MP would be found clean in the case.

Sounding pessimistic, they argued that if care is not taken, factionalism would soon rock the NDC, leading to the party’s inability to retain political power come 2012.

From I.F. Joe Awuah Jnr., Kumasi

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