MyNewsGh.com on 25th October 2018 exclusively broke news of how the Ghana Maritime Authority boss blew ₵1.3 Billion in 1 night on food bought from his own hotel, with the fact that Ghanaians on social media are exploding with anger over the brazen impunity and allegations of corruption that is bathing appointees of President Akufo-Addo one after the other.
We reported that the Director-General of the Ghana Maritime Authority, Mr. Kwame Owusu blew GH₵135,125 (the old Ghana cedis equivalent of ₵1,351,250,000) one night on food at the end of year party and GH₵10,652 on another occasion on food for just eight people. He later corrected the MyNewsGH.com report, that the actual number was 17, not 8.
The documents which showed the extent of wastage if public funds and conflict of interest were leaked by NPP member and musician-Anti-corruption activist Kwame Asare Obeng popularly known as Aplus who posted them on his Facebook page.
It has now been revealed by the Boss of the Maritime Authority that APlus contacted him with messages to give him money or he will go all out and out with the documents.
Mr Kwame Owusu said he refused to cooperate with Aplus in that regard which has made the musician and NPP member leak the documents to the public which MyNewsGh.com intercepted and published widely.
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Mr Kwame Owusu made this revelation in a press conference he held to defend himself.
“I am giving you (journalists) this evidence to look at. It is an extortion message coming from A Plus, the very person who released the information attempting to extort from me. But for me, it is not possible” he revealed.
On the facts, MyNewsGH.com confirmed that the hotel where the “outrageous” food expenses were incurred and paid for with the approval of Mr Kwame Owusu, The Luxe Suites Hotel is wholly owned by Mr Kwame Owusu who is now heading the Ghana Maritime Authority when his ‘close friend’ Akufo-Addo became president.
MyNewsGH.com has learnt he is still Group Chairman of the Luxe Suites Hotel.
But Mr Kwame Owusu has defended himself saying the cost is reasonable and for the contracts, he used the right channels and is not in breach of any law.
He however said Aplus is a blackmailer who is only carrying out a threat because he refused to give him money.
But A-Plus in response on Wednesday morning (last week) said, “I am ready for any legal battle on this matter, he should go ahead and sue me. Does he know the number of times people have threatened to sue me but never went ahead with it? He should find out. I am being a citizen and not just a spectator. I will continue to expose rot in the country irrespective of the government in place.”
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Stephen Zoure/ 2018
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