Why The Insults? You Praise a Taxi Driver Who Returned Money But Can’t Applaud Togbe Afede – Asiedu Nketia ‘Fires’ Togbe’s Critics
General Secretary of the largest opposition National Democratic Congress(NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketiah, has expressed worry about why some Ghanaian politicians and Journalists will prefer to praise a taxi driver who returned someone’s money found in his car but will condemn Togbe Afede who refunded state cash he felt he did not need.
Speaking on Okay FM’s‘ Ade Akye Abia’ programme, he noted that he could not fathom why Ghanaians will choose to praise a taxi driver who returned money left in his car but rather unnecessarily chastise an accomplished statesman who refunded ex-gratia paid him by the state because he felt the country needs it more than him.
” . . some of the people who are insulting Togbe Afede contributed monies for the Taxi Driver that he has done well, so what is the difference?”he rhetorically asked.
According to him this is hypocrisy in its highest form especially when Journalists who are supposed to know better are even involved.
The Paramount Chief of the Asogli State, Togbe Afede XIV has refunded the GHS365,000 that was paid into his account as ex-gratia for being a member of the Council of State from 2017 to 2020.
In a statement issued by the Agbogbomefia, he said he received monthly payments and allowances while being a member of the Council of State therefore he sees no need for the payment of the ex-gratia.
“I did not think the payment was made to trap me, as is being speculated. I believe it was paid to everybody who served on the Council of State. However, I thought that extra payment was inappropriate for a short, effectively part-time work, for which I received a monthly salary and was entitled to other privileges. So, I was very uncomfortable with it,”Togbe Afede XIV said in a statement.
He intimated that such actions should be praised to encourage others to save the public purse from all the unnecessary state spending and wasting of public funds.
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Togbe Afede XIV, a former member of the Council of State, has for the first time spoken about comments by his ‘friend’ and host of ‘Good Evening Ghana’ programme, Paul Adom-Otchere, on his conduct as a member of the Council.
The traditional ruler expressed his disappointment with claims that he attended lesser meetings while he was a member of the Council of State.
Togbe Afede stated that the claims are untrue. He explained that during his time as a Council of State member, he was ‘one of the active participants’ in the Council’s meetings.
He stated that Adom-Otchere’s conduct on TV was not surprising as he has done a similar thing in the past.