Video: Heated exchanges as Minister confronts Okudzeto over $12m inflated purchase

Video: Heated exchanges as Minister confronts Okudzeto over $12m inflated purchase
Source: Ghana||
Date: 17-12-2018 Time: 06:12:18:pm
Extreme right Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa facing Foreign Affairs minister

Heated exchanges were recorded in Parliament involving Foreign minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway over malfeasance claims by the Minority.

Livid, the Minister who is Anyaa-Sowutuom MP confronted the National Democratic Congress (NDC) MP Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa who claimed, government had purchased a building in Norway at $12m for use as an embassy.

Norway building

Photo: Okudzeto says this buidling in Oslo is to be used as Ghana’s embassy in Norway

The North Tongu MP who is Minority spokesperson on Foreign Affairs said the building was up for sale for $3.5m as at August 2017.

His claim stunned the House as both sides sat silent.

The NDC MP presented documents to the Speaker of Parliament  Prof. Mike Oquaye to back his claims.  The documents included a newspaper article which called the sale unethical, the NDC MP said.

But the papers was rejected as unreliable, Joy News’ Joseph Opoku Gakpo reported. The Speaker called the documents ”internet production” not “validated by a stamp, seal...which will not be accepted in any court”.

Ayorkor Botchway in parliament

But the Foreign Minister escalated the controversy outside the chamber of Parliament debunking the claims. Screaming at the NDC MP, the Minister said no purchase has been made in Norway.

Only an offer had been made, she said as journalists and parliamentarians surrounded the two MPs to witness the exchanges.

She expressed disappointment in the MP for failing to check with her ministry before proceeding to the floor of Parliament.

Another NDC MP Sam George also incurred the Minister’s wrath after she spotted him filming the confrontation. She shoved the phone off in an attempt to stop the recording.