VIDEO: John Mahama discloses govt’s benefits from gold mining and corruption cases 

John Dramani Mahama
John Dramani Mahama

Former President John Dramani Mahama vividly explains how government benefits from gold mining deals in the country with its related cases under President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s New Patriotic Party government.

Mr. Mahama who paid a courtesy call on Traditional Leaders at Penyi in the Volta Region of Ghana on Wednesday, 19th August, 2020 as part of his campaign engagement towards the December 2020 polls disclosed that, government has 10% in every Gold Mining Deal in the country.

According to him, the 10% give royalties to chiefs in the Gold mining areas and brings money into the government’s coffers for developmental projects in the country.

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The Leader and Flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) said, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo wants to claim all the benefits by creating a company for 15 years deal in an exchange rate of 1.5 billion dollars. “You alone you want to take that gold royalties, and you went to create a company, called a tax saving and moderate that gold royalties for 15 years in the exchange of 1.5 billion dollars.” He disclosed.

He added that, it is left with about four months to the general election where President Akufo-Addo’s government is busily engaging in fraudulent activities to enrich himself. “You have barely three or four months to elections. How will you be mortgaging this country’s royalties three months to an election to go and collect money to come and spend?” He asked.

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He further said, “Minority in parliament said they won’t agree but they went ahead and pass the bill without knowing the people behind the company. And for a responsible government, why do you go and invest in a tax saving where you know very well that’s where the fraudulent transactions take place. Up till now, they do not disclose the share holders of the company who are behind it.”

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John Mahama again said, “And any time there is a corruption, the president clears them. Clearing agent. There are cases at the office of the special prosecutor, but they have tied his hands, he can’t investigate them. As soon as the person is an NPP person, he can’t do anything. But all that will change. When the NDC comes to power, we will investigate all outstanding corruption cases. We are not going to prosecute only our opponents. We will caution all our Ministers in government because, if you also engage yourself in corruption, we will not wait for another government to come and prosecute you. We will prosecute you ourselves.” He explained.

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He finally said, “Justice must not be selected. We are all equal before the law. If we go against the law, we must be held accountable.”

Earlier Mr .John Dramani Mahama has questioned the motive behind the Akufo-Addo government’s decision to pass the controversial agreement between the Agyapa Mineral Royalty Limited and the government of Ghana, despite the Minority in Parliament raising serious questions over the deal.

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SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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