Kenkey Boutique Owner: I Did Not Even Have Money To Buy "Sanitary Pad" In Brazil

The Chief Executive Officer of Kenkey Boutique Enterprise, one of the caterers who won the bid to feed Black Stars supporters during the 2014 FIFA World Cup, has bemoaned the treatment that the caterers were subjected to by the Youth and Sports Ministry.

The Chief Executive, Ms Mercy Amina Sackey, disclosed that though she was contracted by the Sector Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, to feed the supporters; the Ministry failed to pay their dues to her per the contract agreed on.

According to her, upon reaching Brazil, she together with the other selected caterers had to devise their own means to feed the supporters despite being disappointed by the Ministry.

Narrating her story to the Presidential Commission, she had the experience of catering for about 700 people on daily basis for fifteen days without any support from the Ministry of Youth and Sports.

Rendering an account to the Presidential Commission of inquiry set up to probe matters relating to the ill-fated Brazil 2014 appearance of the Black Stars, Ms Sackey recounted the unfair conditions of the caterers by the Sports Ministry.

Ms Sackey revealed that during their stay at Brazil, it was very difficult for her to even find money to buy “sanitary pads” for herself while working as she had exhausted all her money.

According to her, she found it difficult to locate the where about of the Sports Minister, Elvis Afriyie Ankrah and his cohort but decided not to shirk their duties to Ghana and the supporters.

Appearing before the Commission Wednesday afternoon, she narrated the ordeal they faced saying sometimes the supporters vituperated the caterers because they became stony-broke because the Ministry failed to disburse money to them for their operations.

According to her, the World Cup Committee settled on $35 after three shortlisted caterers- Kenkey Boutique, Monees Foods and Amber Foods –presented proposals to serve breakfast, lunch and dinner to the fans each day.

The Commission has therefore discharged her.

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