Australia Visa Saga: Corruption allegations against me not true – Deputy Information Minister

Deputy Minister for Information, Pius Enam Hadzide, has refuted allegations leveled against him of being part of a corruption scandal.

According to him, NDC’s tag on him as one of Akufo-Addo’s corrupt appointees will not wash.  The former Deputy Sports Minister who under his watch led over 50 people persons who had claimed to be Ghanaian journalists but had to be deported after failing the immigration test.

National Communication officer for the NDC did not spare the Deputy information Minister on GH One TV Tuesday, September 12, 2019 when the subject of Corruption in Ghana was brought up for discussion.

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According to Sammy Gyamfi, Mr Hadzide has no moral right to talk on issues of corruption because he himself is a culprit who has been left to go free after a Visa scandal that led him being suspended and later clearer by his master, President Akufo-Addo.

Sammy Gyamfi expressed worry at how the government will allow one of its appointees who have a history of corruption to speak about the issue. To him, this clearly shows the government is not ready to fight the canker in the system.

“President Akufo-Addo cannot fight corruption. Look at Pius Hadzide here, he is a locus classicus of corruption under Akufo-Addo. He supports and promotes corruption, that is why Pius after that reckless, irresponsible conduct, can still get the temerity and audacity to come and sit here and talk about corruption, he is evidence, he is a walking case of corruption”.

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“In any other country, you’ll be standing prosecution for now. If you are one who had a flicker of hope that the failing fight of corruption could ever be salvaged under President Akufo-Addo, you must lose that hope because see? This is the person who was sent to come and talk about corruption?”, he quizzed.

However, responding to Sammy Gyamfi’s allegations on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen, Mr Hadzide reiterated he was not responsible for the documentation of journalists who traveled to Australia.

“The NDC should not take my meekness for my weakness because their allegations against me will not work. I have been quiet due to the respect I have for Ghanaians but that doesn’t merit them treating me anyhow”, he said.

“The fact that we cannot find the person who was responsible does not mean I have to take the blame” , he noted.

Mr Pius Hadzide was the Deputy Sports Minister when Ghana participated in the Australian Commonwealth Games with news of people claiming to be journalists but are not came up; a situation that made it clear that someone somewhere took money to facilitate such deal by allowing all kinds of people to attend the program.

This has made the government come under huge criticism for Ghanaians especially the opposition National Democratic Congress who believes the Akufo-Addo led administration is not ready to fight corruption.

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