Saturday, January 9, 2010
I Was Not Impressed with MILLS- Sefa Kayi
KWAME SEFA Kayi, host of Accra-based Peace FM's morning programme 'Kokrokoo', has stated that he was not impressed with the answers President Atta Mills provided to questions posed to him by journalists during his encounter with them on Thursday.
Sefa Kayi explained that he was particularly not content with the answer President Mills gave in connection with the Muntaka saga.
He said had it not been that President Mills was speaking in the comfort of the seat of government, and that he was hosting him on radio, he would have pushed him further to be more concise with some of the answers.
He made these comments on Friday when he granted an interview to Kessben FM, a Kumasi-based radio station.
The presenter cum actor disclosed that he nearly shunned the programme when at the entrance of the Osu Castle some boys refused him entry with the excuse that he was late for the function.
Sefa Kayi noted that although he explained that his inability to arrive at the scheduled 10:00 am was not deliberate but due to the fact that he finished his show at that same time, the guys were not ready to budge.
He pointed out that Malik Kweku Baako; the editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide, whom he arrived at the entrance with, could not stand the impudence of the guys and therefore left.
The host of arguably the best morning show in the country revealed that had it not been for the timely intervention of one Baffoe Bonnie, an aide at the Vice President's office, he too would have left.
On Thursday, President Mills met some editors and senior reporters at the Castle Gardens of the Osu Castle to interact with them as part of activities marking his one year anniversary as president of the country.
During the encounter which was telecast live on GTV and other media networks, President Mills answered various questions posed by journalist who attended the function.
Among the questions asked was one on the issue of the toppled Minister of Youth Sports, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, who was shown the exit after a catalogue of allegations were made against him by his Chief Director, Anthony Ampong, and Principal Accountant, Adim Odoom.
The charges included the allegation that the Asawase NDC MP used his ministry's imprest to buy khebab and pampers, and also take his girlfriend to Cote d'Ivoire and Germany at the expense of the ministry.
Responding to the question, President Mills mapped up a strong defence for Hon. Muntaka, saying the Asawase MP was not the first minister to have traveled abroad with a girlfriend.
“Are we saying that this is the first time ministers of state have traveled abroad with their girlfriends? Is this the first time ministers of state have infringed on the law, have spent state money on themselves”, President Mills roared.
Bizarrely, President Mills went on to shower tons of praise on the deposed minister for his courage to take the path of resignation after his act of indiscretion was investigated by the National Security apparatus.
Contending that the act committed by Hon. Muntaka did not amount to corruption but rather indiscretion, President Mills said those who made the allegation of corruption could not substantiate their claims.
The tax law professor then stated that Hon. Muntaka deserves commendation from the populace instead of condemnation because he was bold enough to give up his position in the heat of the saga.
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