The Mayor of Kumasi Kojo Bonsu has made startling revelations about the 46,000 dollars that was allegedly stolen from former Sports Minister Mallam Ali Yusif Issa in 2001.
Speaking on Starr Chat Wednesday, Mr. Bonsu told host Bola Ray that he believes Mallam Issa kept the money and lied that it was stolen to set him up.
Mallam Issah, a member of the People’s National Convention (PNC) co-opted into the erstwhile NPP administration, received a four year jail term in 2001 for failing to account for $46,000 meant as winning bonus for the senior national soccer team, the Black Stars, who were then on a national assignment in Sudan.
He was, however, granted a presidential pardon in July 2003 due to poor health.
Mallam Issah has always maintained his innocence, insisting he was framed by persons within the Kufuor administration with the connivance of the then President.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
But Mr. Bonsu who was part of government’s delegation to Sudan when the incident happened revealed that the then Sports Minister kept changing his narration when it became obvious that the money could not be traced.
“When we asked him [Mallam Issa] he said he left the money on his wife’s table…So every minute he would change the story…at one time he told me, Cudjoe Fianoo and the late Mr. Owusu Ansah that the money is in Ghana and there was no cause for alarm.http://ghanapoliticsonline.com
“But unfortunately, his suitcase never came and so he didn’t have any clothes and I took my credit card and I took him out and shopped for him…but the man was not telling us the truth, one minute he says it is there, another minute he says it was in his suitcase…and I found it very strange.
“I think that the money was with him…the money was with him, wherever the money went he knows it but I don’t think it was a set up or a plan, he had the money so he knows better than anybody.”