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Thursday, July 8, 2010

Bagbin denies forging documents, threatens to Newspaper Editor

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The Minister for Works and Housing Alban Bagbin has threatened legal action against the Editor of the daily Searchlight newspaper, Mr. Ken Kuranchie.

The minister’s threats follows a publication in the Daily Searchlight newspaper suggesting that Mr Bagbin had forged documents to present his wife, Madam Alice Adwoa Yonas, as secretary to a Parliamentary delegation that attended a forum organized by the Parliamentarians for Global Action in the United States of America in October 2009.

The Capitol Hill forum is said to have been attended by legislators for 115 parliaments across the globe. Responding to the newspaper article on Joy FM’s Super Morning Show programme yesterday, the minister said he would pursue the issue to the “end of the world,” as he described the publication as a “vicious piece of propaganda.”

According to the former Majority Leader, under no circumstance would he present his wife as a secretary to a delegation of Parliament travelling with the taxpayer’s money. However Mr Bagbin confirmed that, having served the organization since 1994, he was invited to last year’s meeting with his wife contrary to Mr Kuranchie’s claim.

The Searchlight editor who was also called to clarify some issues with regards to his publication said his story was based on a serried of information he had gathered from different sources including Mr Bagbin and the Director of Public Affairs in Parliament, Mr Jones Kugblenu.

But Mr Bagbin denied any contact with Mr Kuranchie over the issue. Mr Kuranchie told Joy FM he drew his conclusion of malfeasance on the part of Mr Bagbin was predicated on a document he had intercepted detailing attendees of the event.

Meanwhile, reacting to the threat to send him to court, Mr Kuranchie said “I think that this is a risk that we take in this business; we take it along as it comes.”
Source: The New Crusading Guide/Ghana

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