The outspoken Member of Parliament for Assin Central, Kennedy Agyepong has alleged that a presidential staffer demanded $20,000 from an unnamed investor just to see President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo.
Kennedy Agyepong said though the president is unaware of such happenings in his office, some of his staff are busy using their presence to extort monies from people who want to invest in the economy.
He mentioned Abu Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye as the presidential staffers behind the corrupt activities at the presidency.
He added that the two appointees are not the only corrupt officials at the seat of government.
“Abu Jinapor and Asenso-Boakye are not the only two alleged to be involved in corrupt activities at the presidency, they are many others as well. When I started complaining about the president being surrounded by sycophants and corrupt people I had people calling me to stop making those allegations.
“I was there and these same people called me back to tell me that they wanted to have access to the president and they were asked to pay $20,000 there about before a meeting can be arranged between them and the president, why should it be so,” he said on Accra-based Oman FM on Thursday.
This issue has become murkier after musician and sympathizer of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) A-Plus also accused the deputy Chief of Staff [Abu Jinapor] of corruption.
Meanwhile, Ghana Integrity Initiative has called for an immediate investigation into the bribery allegations being leveled against presidential staffers at the Flagstaff House.
According to the Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori-Kwafo, such allegations if swept under the carpet could affect President Akufo-Addo-led government to root out corruption in the country.
The Executive Director of GII, Linda Ofori-Kwafo on Asempa FM’s Ekosii Sen programme Monday said such serious allegation if not investigated will be an indictment on the Akufo-Addo government.
She indicated that, a president who has vowed to fight corruption must start it from his own backyard.
“These allegations are very serious because it is coming from members of the NPP so if must be investigated,” she said.
The GII boss noted the Assin MP should as a matter of urgency be invited to back his allegation with prove to bring the culprits to book.