Freelance Journalist, Manasseh Azure has asked President Akufo-Addo to investigate list of several properties acquired by his right hand man, Eugene Arhin in the past 4 years.
The marriage of the Communications Director at the seat of government, Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin has hit the rocks but the focus of the Ghanaian public has been on the properties allegedly acquired by the 37 year old politician than the status of his marriage.
In the writ sighted by www.bibinionline.com, Mrs Arhin, listed 16 big flats at Bubuashie owned by Mr. Eugene Arhin. Another 16 flats at Weija. A 16-Storey building at Teshie and house at AU Village. A House at La, another house at Senya Berekum. Another House at the waterfront in Ada Foah. A 5-bedroom house at East Legon which is the matrimonial home of the couple on a 2 plot of land at East Legon and 3K barbering shop at Teshie.
She also listed 5 cars which were acquired over the past 2 years; one Ford F150, Toyota Avalon GR 7108-18, Toyota Lexus GE 4646-18, Toyota Tundra GE7108-18, Hyundai Elantra GE 4646-19.
Azure reacting to the incident in a Facebook post said, “… the president should let him step aside so that the assets can be investigated. If the allegations are untrue, or if he can prove that he acquired them legally, he should be reinstated.”
Read full post below.
I try to stay away from people’s marital and extra-marital affairs. When divorce petitions leak, I refuse to read them. It’s their private matter. And people deserve their privacy in this slippery journey of life called marriage.
As an investigative journalist, I’ve got leads about the extra marital affairs of top government officials and public figures and decided I wasn’t going to pursue them.
As I argued to Ernest Dela Aglanu recently, those are issues between the perpetrators, their spouses and their God. He said scandals are news. I told him that they are news, but I won’t pursue or publish them.
What I told Dela was that I would pursue such “immoral” issues only if they’re illegitimately funded with public funds or when they involve human right abuses, such as rape and defilement.
That stand hasn’t changed. I don’t care about what happens between a public official and his wife. As a Ghanaian tax payer, however, I want to know when and how the public official acquired all these listed assets, those possibly hidden from the aggrieved wife and the possible fat contents of his bank accounts.
That’s why the president should let him step aside so that the assets can be investigated. If the allegations are untrue, or if he can prove that he acquired them legally, he should be reinstated.
In countries that corruption has been weakened, one effective way of fighting it is matching the earnings of public officials against their possessions.
As for the other marital issues, the two parties and the court can deal with them. It’s not anybody else’s business.
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