President Mahama: Government did not sponsor Anas

BY: Zadok Kwame Gyasi and Samuel Duodoo

President John Dramani Mahana has denied claims by former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Martin Amidu that the government sponsored the undercover journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas in his judiciary corruption expose.

President Mahama said although the government had sponsored some works of the ace investigative journalist previously, the government did not know anything about the journalist's recent expose.

"Government did not sponsor Anas", he stated, adding "It is true that government has sponsored him before but the judiciary work has nothing to do with government".

The President cited the works that the government sponsored Anas to uncover as that of the Customs and the COCOBOD which it (government) collaborated with the ace investigative journalists and his Tiger Eye PI.

President Mahama was addressing supporters of the National Democratic Congress in Tamale in the Northern Region as part of his "Changing Lives" campaign. 

The President's comments follows an allegation by a former Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Mr Martin Amidu that the recent judiciary corruption scandal uncovered by Anas was sponsored by the government. 

Massive reception

The President who touched down at the Tamale Airport at 1pm, received a massive reception which took him more than four hours from the airport to the rally grounds.

He described the reception accorded him as "unprecedented" since he began his changing lives tour in the country.

The crowd had gathered along the streets which affected traffic in town and also affected the movement of the president.

Driving from the Tamale Airport to town usually takes less than 30 minutes. 

The rally is also to launch "operation win all parliamentary seats" in the region. 

The Northern Region has 31 constituencies out of which the NDC has 19.

The New  Patriotic Party (NPP) has 10  seats in the region while an independent candidate and a Convention People's Party (CPP) has a seat each. 

Among the dignitaries at the Jubilee Park awaiting the president's arrival include Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCs) and Regional Executives of the party.

As part of his two-day visit, the president is expected to inaugurate the Tamale Central market, pay a courtesy call on the Northern Regional House of Chiefs and inspect progress of work at the Tamale Airport.

Earlier in the day, some supporters of the party lined up on some of the principal streets in Tamale while others rode on motor bikes to welcome the president into the region, which is also the home region to the president.