Influence peddling is prevalent in Ghana – Sulemana Braimah

Executive Director of Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA), Sulemana Braimah has said he is not surprised by the alleged influence peddling in the latest Anas exposé, ‘Galamsey Economy’.

In the documentary, a former Minister of State, Charles Adu Boahen allegedly demanded some amount of money to grant some investors access to the Vice President.

He is also heard to have categorically stated that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia needed $200,000 as an appearance fee before meeting with supposed businessmen.

This act of influence peddling, Mr. Braimah said is prevalent in the country because some acquaintances of Ministers and state officials have been engaging in such acts.

“You can imagine what people will do when they are close to the Minister, the Vice-President and the President, and so for me, as I said, it is a test of character. But the fact that people will continue to drag the name of the Vice President or the President as a way of peddling influence is for me something that is not surprising,” he said on Newsfile, Saturday.

Mr. Braimah applauded the President for taking swift action by dismissing Charles Adu Boahen and directing the Special Prosecutor to investigate the allegations made in the documentary.

Currently, the Special Prosecutor is investigating the corruption allegations against Charles Adu Boahen.

The OSP in a press release issued on Tuesday said all other persons implicated in the matter will be investigated.

“The Office of the Special Prosecutor has promptly commenced investigations into the actions of Mr Charles Adu Boahen and any other persons implicated in the investigative exposé “Galamsey Economy,” the OSP said.

Meanwhile, the Vice President has denied reports linking him to demanding $200,000 as an “appearance fee.”

Responding to the issue in a Facebook post on Monday, he noted that his “cherished asset” is his integrity and will not allow that to be tarnished.

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