Pressure group Truth and Accountable Governance (TAG) has called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to drop Catherine Afeku as Minister-designate for the Ministry of Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts following her alleged involvement in fraudulent deals.
The convener of the group, Sirr Abdalah, in a statement said: “Mrs Afeku and her husband, Mr Seth Afeku, were found guilty for defrauding an American couple on 19-10-2013 by an Accra High Court presided over by Her [Ladyship] Barbara Ackah-Yensu. The trial judge directed the MP for Evalue-Gwira constituency and her husband to pay an amount of $217,464 plus 50 per cent interest to the plaintiff, Patricia and Bill Gick.”
In a follow-up interview on Accra News on Monday January 16, he said for this reason, Mr Akufo-Addo should, as a matter of urgency, drop her as part of his fight against corruption.
He said: “We want to make sure that our public servants are credible, without blemish, and are people who can protect our purse. This woman was declared a fraudster and so she should not be appointed as a minister. She has violated a court order and so should not be given any ministerial appointment.
“We all know the tourism sector needs huge investment, but how can investment come if a fraudster is heading that ministry? We will write to the Appointments Committee of parliament to ensure that she does not scale through.”