Clarification Mahama denies sponsoring Anas

Speaking at a rally in Tamale, President Mahama maintained that government had no hand in the judicial exposé.

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Former Attorney General, Martin Amidu

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President John Mahama has dismissed claims that his government paid investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas, to investigate the nation’s judiciary for acts of corruption.

Speaking at a rally in Tamale, President Mahama maintained that government had no hand in the judicial exposé.

He said:  “I didn’t want to wade into this because, Martin Amidu is somebody I respect very much. He is my elder brother and I will never enter into any altercation with him. I just want to put on record that government did not sponsor Anas in the investigation he did, I want that to go on record.”

Former Attorney-General, Martin Amidu said government was involved in the judicial scandal exposé.

He claimed that “the undercover investigation that led to the judicial corruption exposé was commissioned by the Government of Ghana and has its genesis in the acrimonious relationship between the Government and the Judiciary on the assumption of power in 2009 by the government and the constant demand by the Judiciary for proof of judicial corruption from Government and its associates.”

The President acknowledged that indeed, government has in time past sponsored some of Anas’ work such as “he did the work with customs, president Mills asked him to do it. When he did the work with COCOBOD, it was the Minister of Finance, Mr. Duffuor who asked him to do it.”

“This work with the judiciary, we had nothing to do with it. Government did not finance it nor sponsor it,” he stressed.

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