Monday, June 08, 2009

Muntaka matter: update

Myjoyonline - Youth and Sports Minister, Muntaka Mubarak, is optimistic that ongoing investigations into corruption allegations against him will prove him innocent.

President Mills asked Mr. Mubarak to step aside to allow for investigations that he has engaged in financial impropriety relating to irregular expense claims.

In his first radio interview to respond to the allegations, made by the Principal Accountant at the Youth and Sports Ministry, Mr Adim Odoom, Mr. Mubarak told Joy FM Super Morning show host Kojo Oppong Nkrumah that most of the allegations had been fabricated to discredit him.

“Come what may if investigations are done thoroughly, I am definitely going to be exonerated.

“I have not made request for any of these monies and I have not signed for any of these monies.”

Speaking in a confident-tone, Alhaji Mubarak said investigations into the matter would definitely exonerate him.

President Mills has directed the National Security Coordinator to investigate the allegations leveled against the Sports Minister.

Presidential Spokesperson Mahama Ayarigah told Joy FM the investigations should shed some more light on the matter.

"The president has responsibility for the minister’s conduct. He has to take action if the conduct is proven,” he indicated.

The Asewasi Member of Parliament has in earlier interviews with the media described the development as a setup by a clique of persons working at his office to malign him.