Ace journalist, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has attacked former President John Dramani Mahama over the latter’s claim that, the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) has been embarking on a ”419 scam or sakawa” sod-cutting for proposed projects.
The Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Mahama, speaking at the party’s Town Hall meeting held in Kumasi raised red flags over validity of the NPP’s sod-cutting, asserting that, it is not captured in the 2020 budget neither has it gone through any due diligence or Parliamentary approval.
“Nananom, if they come to your town to cut sod for a project ask them two questions, let them tell you if the project were captured under the 2020 budget or whether parliament has approved a loan for the project. If they’re unable to answer then it means the sod cutting is a scam, it’s because of the elections. It is sakawa or 419”, he stated.
News gathered by Talks Africa Media from Peace FM suggest that, Kweku Baako juxtaposed the real scam between projects by President Nana Akufo-Addo and that of John Mahama.
According to the journalist, unlike President Akufo-Addo who does due diligence before cutting sods, Ex-President Mahama was guilty of cutting certain sods during his administration for electoral purposes only.
Mr. Baako, who is known for his impeccable record keeping, went into his archives and pulled out volumes of official documents to back his assertions.
He alluded to Mr. Mahama cutting sod for the construction of phase two of the Kumasi International Airport in 2016 but stressed it was needless and baseless because no proper preparations had been made for the project to materialize.
”My checks indicate that that particular sod cutting was needless. It had no real foundation because it’s true Parliamentary approval for that particular loan facility had been effected but there were conditions precedent which were laid out that without that the agreements will not come into force. Some were value for money audit and others were that he should sign the loan agreement before they can proceed with the construction. At the time he cut the sod, the financing agreements had not been signed. Indeed, these things were done in 2018”
He editor-in-chief revealed that his own checks and documentations accessed, point to the fact that, the first sod cutting was for purely electoral purposes.
To him, it was completely baseless adding that, there was no basis for it; no foundation for it but they did cut the sod on 5th December 2016…
He further maintained that, It was totally unnecessary but it was done for electoral purposes.
By Muftaw Iddrisu | Talks Africa Media