Ghanaian ex-president, John Mahama has said he didn’t pay much attention to the Akyem Sakawa comment when he reposted an article by Honourable member of parliament for Bolgatanga Central, Isaac Adongo.
The statement, which incensed the sitting president, Nana Akufo-Addo has been widely criticized and led to demonstrations in Akyem by the youths there demanding a retraction and apology from His Excellency John Mahama.
Speaking on Class FM monitored by Ghanatribune.com, John Mahama said he reposted the piece he thought raised pertinent concerns over the Agyapa deal and his focus was on the gravitas of the article and didn’t really pay much attention to the “Akyem Sakawa” comment in it.
He added that regardless, the “Akyem Sakawa” comment doesn’t interpret to mean all Akyems are Sakawa, citing that just because we use the term ‘Italian Mafia’ doesn’t mean all “Italians are Mafias”.
“AKYEM SAKAWA BOYS” BROUHAHA
The former president John Mahama on August 31st 2020, shared a piece on his official social media accounts which was written by Hon. Isaac Adongo, MP for Bolgatanga Central, regarding the controversial Agyapa deal that has aroused palpable public disquiet.
H.E John Mahama caption the post “An interesting piece from Hon. Isaac Adongo on the Agyapa Deal” and followed that with the full content of Ho. Adongo’s piece.
The post read in Full:
“An interesting piece from Hon. Isaac Adongo on the Agyapa Deal.
Agyapa Royalties fraud is the last straw: The Akyem Sakawa Boys and Grandpas must go
Agyapa Royalties deal is a big fraud on Ghana by President Akufo-Addo and his Akyem Mafia.
You mortgaged Getfund proceeds in excess of GH¢25 billion for the next 10 years to borrow $1.5 billion and yet you could not expand educational infrastructure and build new schools to end double track; You mortgaged bauxite burried on the ground to Sinohydro to borrow $2 billion but has nothing to show after almost 2 years;
You mortgaged ESLA proceeds for the next 10 years, in excess of GH¢30 billion in 10 years to raise energy sector bonds of about $1.3 billion and yet energy sector debts remain unpaid and you have since accumulated over $2 billion additional energy sector debt with power producers threatening to shut their power plants.
You have exhausted the Ghana Infrastructure Investment Fund in which your predecessor JM left you $270 million.
You have frittered away the Ghana Exim funds, doling it out to your in-law to invest in a hotel.
In addition to borrowing $9 billion in 3 years in Eurobonds alone and illegally borrowing $500 million term bonds in February 2020, on the capital market, without Parliamentary approval in violation of Article 181 of the Constitution, all without anything to show. What magic can you perform with $500m Agyapa theft money?
How can Akufo-Addo mortgage revenues of about GH¢75 billion of the state for his maladministration to steal without caring about how his children and grandchildren will manage the economy into the future?
No wicked man has ever ruled this country and destroyed Ghana’s fiscal and debt framework the way Akufo-Addo and the empty-lying Vice President Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia have done.
It is estimated by industry players that only 11 major mining companies in Ghana will give Ghana an average of $250 million a year, $3 billion in 10 years and $4.250 billion in 15 years in royalty payments being planned to hand over to Agyapa Royalties for just $500m.
These estimates exclude new mining developments that will come onstream in the next 15 years such as the highly profitable Namdini Mining Development in the Upper East by Cardinal Resources. How did they value $4.250 billion in 15 years to arrive at $500m as 49% of that value.
You can’t put Lions in charge of sheep and expect to come back and meet the sheep alive. They will end up selling us to borrow to satisfy their insatiable corrupt habits if they are allowed one more year in office.
By Hon. Isaac Adongo
MP for Bolgatanga Central