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Watch: Foreign affairs minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchway attempts punching Sam George, confronts Okudzeto Ablakwa



Watch: Foreign Affairs minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey attempts punching Sam George, confronts Okudzeto Ablakwa Watch: Foreign Affairs minister Shirley Ayorkor Botchwey attempts punching Sam George, confronts Okudzeto Ablakwa[/caption] The Minister of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, yesterday clashed with the ranking member of the Foreign Affairs Committee of Parliament, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, over a purported property which the ministry was seeking to buy to serve as a chancellery for Ghana’s mission in Norway. There was an altercation in the foyer of Parliament on Monday, between the Member of Parliament for Ningo Prampram, Sam George, Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu and the Foreign Affairs Minister, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway, also MP for Anyaa Sowutuom. In a video making rounds on social media, the three Members of Parliament are seen arguing and shows the Minister being held back by her security detail averting a possible physical challenge.


Okudzeto Ablakwa,  in debating the 2019 budget estimates for the Ministry of Foreign Affairs, had alleged that the ministry was going to buy a six-bedroom property whose value had been inflated by over $8 million which translated into GH¢41.7 million. According to him, through their own investigations, they discovered that the six-bedroom apartment was sold at $3,598,108 in 2017, and now the same property is being bought at an outrageous price of $12,218,487. He said even in Norway a Norwegian financial newspaper by name Finansavisen had written about the sale of the property at the quoted price of $3.6 million in 2017. He noted that the new price or the property which is now $12.2 million has been described by Norwegian Real Estates Brokers as ‘unethical’. He, therefore, said that with the inflated cost of the chancellery that the ministry is seeking to purchase, the minority cannot support the approval of the ministry’s budget estimates of GH¢465,576,872. On her part, the minister said the picture the ranking member was painting could not be true. According to her, the ministry had initially wanted to purchase that property to use as chancellery in Oslo but its independent checks found out that the price of the property had been inflated and had therefore decided to back out of that transaction. She said, as the minister, she would not like to supervise or superintendent over any corrupt transactions that would lead to loss of money to the state. “I cannot enter into such transaction that will lead to financial loss to the state,” she said, adding that was the reason why they backed out of the transaction. SOURCE: DAILY GUIDE]]>