The life of a Deputy Editor of Today newspaper is seriously under threat, following his blistering attack on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and some of his appointees, Today can report.
The crime of Mr Atta Kwaku Boadi, who is also the host of a political programme, ‘Kanawu’ on Amansan Television (ATV) and GNTV aired on every Saturday from 9:00 AM- 12 Noon, Today understands, was his demand from the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) government to pay the debt it owes multi-national conglomerate, Groupe Nduom.
In an interview with Today at the weekend, Mr Boadi, who looked unperturbed despite the threats, said he was ready for the worst, and warned the governing NPP “not to try anything funny.”
Mr Boadi who claimed he knows most of the top guns of the ruling government was surprised at the conduct of the Akufo-Addo-led government.
“When I take on NDC either in my paper (Today) or on my TV programme (Kanawu) they are happy, and they will be calling me, thanking me for being objective but when I expose their bad deeds, they take offence. Apostles of democracy indeed!” he sarcastically aid.
Showing some of the threatening text messages he received after his programme last Saturday, he dared those behind the messages to sue him if they felt he had soiled the reputation of President Akufo-Addo instead of resorting to empty threats.
“For your own good and your family, stop a fight you can’t win,” “You’re a small fish and very soon we’ll deal with you if you don’t stop attacking the President and Ken Ofori-Atta,” “We control the state machinery, so young man, don’t joke with us,” were among some of the text messages sighted by Today on the IPhone 6X Plus of Mr Boadi.
When asked if he had reported to the police, he said, he was waiting for his lawyer to do that.
Mr Boadi, who was not happy with the government’s attitude towards its payment of debts owed Groupe Nduom during his programme on Saturday, August 10, 2019, urged customers of Gold Coast Securities, a member of Groupe Nduom, to direct their anger at President Akufo-Addo and his Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta, who apparently happens to be the President’s cousin.
Sounding angrily, he could not understand why some Ghanaians would label Dr Papa Kwesi Nduom, who owns Groupe Nduom, as a fraudster and a thief” when such descriptions, according to him, perfectly befit President Akufo-Addo and his cousin.
“When I talk about the debt Akufo-Addo government owes Groupe Nduom, my friends in the NPP do not understand, and take offence. Today, I have sighed document where Ken Ofori-Atta, the Minister of Finance, himself has admitted that his Ministry owes Groupe Nduom. So now, who is a thief? Is it Dr Nduom or Akufo-Addo?,” he quizzed.
Meanwhile, a letter chanced upon by Today reveals the ministry of finance confirming over GHC30 million for certified projects it owes Groupe Nduom.
But, a Senior Manager at Gold Coast Securities, Ben Afreh, holds a contrary view.
Speaking to Joy Business, which was monitored by Today, he said the money owed them [Gold Coast] was over GH¢2 billion by all government agencies including COCOBOD and the ministry of finance.
“The amount owed us by the ministry of finance alone is more than GH¢137 billion, “the ministry is telling you and we have documents to prove,” Ben Afreh said.
He added, “the debts include certificates issues for completed work, yet-to-be issued certificates because the work is yet-to-be finished and terminated projects the contractors are yet-to re-enter. A private auditor has vetted all these projects and we expect the government to pay.”
Atta KWAKU BOADI, Deputy, Editor, Today Newspaper
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