Minister In Trouble Mahama Must Learn From Kufuor And Reprimand Murtala - Kweku Baako

Kweku Baako said President John Mahama must investigate the tirade of Deputy Trade Minister, Murtala Muhammed and reprimand him.

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Ace journalist Malik Kweku Baako has asked President John Mahama to reprimand Murtala Mohammed for his public outburst, which some have condemned as intemperate.

The Editor of the New Crusading Guide newspaper also urged the presidency to institute an investigation into the numerous allegations raised by the Deputy Minister of Trade.

Murtala Mohammed recently threatened to expose a conspiracy among some NDC MPs in the Northern Region to unseat him, alleging further that his detractors have gone to the extent of bribing chiefs and opinion leaders in the Northern Region with "filthy, ill-gotten money".

Though he would not mention names when he spoke to Diamond FM, Murtala also threatened to expose an MP who is conniving with a woman to take nude pictures of a cabinet minister.

“It is pathetic, absolutely pathetic: it's unethical, it's so funny, it's so stupid, it's so silly, it's nasty, it's un-Islamic for people in the same party to be sitting down and their intention is about how they can get someone out of Parliament”, the Deputy Minister said in a tirade.

Speaking on Joy FM/Multi TV’s news analysis programme, Newsfile, on Saturday Kweku Baako said the Deputy Minister’s “utterances are weighty enough to warrant some level of investigations”

The outburst, in Mr. Baako’s assessment, damages the image of the government and he “must be held accountable and [made to] provide answers”.

Though he was not sure whether Murtala breached the party’s code of conduct, Mr. Baako remarked, “he is already a problem; the presidency may have to take a look at him. The allegations that he made ought to be investigated; personally he has damaged himself in many ways, a deputy minister of state does not take to radio to say those things...”

Mr. Baako made reference to an incident involving Isaac Edumadze, a former Central Regional Minister under the erstwhile Kufuor government.

In that incident, Baako recalled, President John Kufuor publicly reprimanded the regional minister after he had an open altercation with a taxi driver.

Mr. Edumadze subsequently lost his job after the public censure.

“I will expect that a certain public reprimand or show of some public sanction ought to be meted out,” Baako emphasized.

A law lecturer Yaw Sarpong speaking on the news analysis programme backed Mr. Baako’s call for investigations, adding, “if he has evidence of bribe being paid and received by others, he should be made to report to the police or he will be concealing the commission of an offence”.

A presidential staffer, Dr. Clement Apaak also dismissed the platform, as well as the way, and manner Murtala went about his grievances.

“Some aspects of those comments I think are very explosive,” he said, and was hopeful decision by the Chief of Staff, and Northern Regional executives of the NDC to address the issue is “the right way to go”.

Meanwhile, Murtala Mohammed has apologized for his public outburst on Saturday afternoon.

Source; Myjoyonline

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