THE WESTERN Regional Minister, Mr.Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah, has detailed how some of the self seeking members of his own political party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) cooked fake stories, ostensibly to tarnish his reputation for his to look bad to the public and the government appointee authorities that he has been engaging in corrupt and fraudulent activities but detractors had failed to achieve their agendas.
According to Mr. Darko-Mensah, he would be the last person to engage in corrupt and fraudulent activities including illegal small scale mining that President Nana Akufo-Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has been working assiduously to end in this country.
Speaking in an interview on Peace FM's "Kokrokoo" panel discussion programme on Thursday November 17, 2022 morning with the Host Mr.Kwami Sefa Kayi, the Minister stated categorically he knows the numerous hiding faces behind the reports that went viral that his driver had bolted away with his GH¢ 17 million proceeds from an illegal mining (galamsey) activity.
The news which went viral on social media and other media outlets was told of a Minister who had collapsed as a result of an alleged theft.
The Western Regional Minister was reported to be that Minister and he came under public criticism for allegedly engaging in galamsey which is a menace to the country.
In reaction, Mr Darko-Mensah maintained that those who were masterminded the matter were members of the NPP saying that they had made several false stories against his since he has been appointed the Minister.
"I want state that this is not the first time they've been doing this and I want to tell you some of the people who are doing this, in fact, those who did this were NPP people or former NPP people," the Minister told, Mr. Sefa Kayi.
He mentioned that his enemies have accused him of so many things including saying "he's bought all the houses at Takoradi".
"How can I buy all the Takoradi houses?," he cried out.
He said these NPP people's mission is to distract him from clamping down on illegal miners in the Region and also destroy his reputation.
Refuting the claims that he is involved in galamsey and reports of his driver absconding with his galamsey money, the Minister emphasized that, "it's all propaganda . . . I'm even wondering how people imagined it and how people even believed it. The driver never took or stole my money nor any person's money to any place".
"In fact, the day they told me that this is what had happened, I was in my office. I was sitting there with my Regional Chairman . . . It was honorable Joe Wise who called to tell me that he's seen the EIB Network has done an innuendo with my picture circulating all over the place and that how am I doing. He's heard that I have collapsed and I responded that, no, I haven't collapsed; I'm in the office," he added.
He also stated emphatically that he has not forgiven EIB Network for spreading the allegations.
"I was wondering that how can a media house we assume to be big like EIB can listen to this tape and still do these innuendos with my name. It's not fair. That is what worries me. Media people are supposed to be the gatekeepers in this country, so when you are doing something, you have to think about it before you do. So, when they did that, I asked myself how can they do this?"
To this end, the Western Regional Minister called on Ghanaians to disregard the fake news saying.
He stressed that "I want to let Ghanaians know that those things that they said about me are all false. I won't forgive them (EIB Network) because if we don't stop them from doing it now, they will continue to distract governance in this country. We won't allow it."