My Hands Are Clean — Kofi Humado

HumadoThe  Minister of Food and Agriculture, Clement Kofi Humado, has refuted allegations that he has vowed to his close associates not to go down alone should  he be indicted in the ongoing investigations into the Ghana Youth Employment and Entrepreneurial Development Agency (GYEEDA) saga.

The Tuesday edition of an Accra-based newspaper purported that: “The NDC Member of Parliament for Anlo, under whose tenure as Youth and Sports Minister most of the GYEEDA controversial contracts were signed, as per revelations by a Ministerial Assessment Committee’s report, is being cited by many for prosecution”.

It further alleged that the Minister has threatened “not to go down alone” if an attempt was made to sacrifice him.

However, in a terse statement issued yesterday by Mr. Humado, it stated that “I have never made any such statement anywhere and I challenge the author to provide proof if any”.

“My relative silence on the GYEEDA matter should not be misinterpreted as that of intimidation or guilt”.

It continued that “as a Cabinet Minister, I have to respect institutions of state. When the Minister of Youth and Sports set up the GYEEDA Committee, I did not complain because I wanted probity and accountability to prevail if only that was the objective of setting up the committee”.

According to the statement, the committee only felt the need to meet with him after their first draft report was leaked and published on the Internet.

“I did not complain and I obliged to meet the committee even at that late stage and responded to any questions they asked”.

“When the President referred the committee’s report to the Paul Victor Obeng’s Committee and later to Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), Bureau of National Investigations and the Attorney General, I was invited by EOCO not less than three times on the GYEEDA matter and I responded to all questions asked me and provided documentary proof of my claims and position on the GYEEDA matter”.

“The statement noted that the feeling therefore by some sections of the public and media that he had been left off the hook could not be true”.

“If the investigative institutions of state had found anything wrong with my role in the GYEEDA matter they would have by now charged me. Who says that I am going down and to where? I am as strong as ever and wish to focus on my new job as Minister for Food and Agriculture”.

“As a person, I am not bigger than the party and government I serve” the statement added.

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