Former Chief Executive of Youth Employment Agency Vincent Kuagbenu has rejected suggestions from Employment Minister Haruna Iddrisu that he is working to bring him down.
Vincent Kuagbenu told Joy FM Super Morning Show Tuesday he did not leak the letters that have embroiled Mr. Haruna in a controversy over financial impropriety.
In a letter written by Vincent Kuagbenu and obtained by Joy News’ investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni, the Employment Minister was accused of making “excessive demands” on the finances of YEA.
According to the Act establishing YEA, Employment Ministry cannot spend more than 5% of YEA’s budget for administrative expenses.
In the letter, Kuagbenu lamented to the Employment minister that “with only half of the year gone, the Administrative expenditure of the Agency is already far in excess of 5% of the funds of the Agency allowed by the Act”.
But the Minister has suggested his demands on the YEA are within the legal limit.
Haruna Iddrisu said on Monday evening that what the Ministry requested from YEA’s account could not be more that 3 percent of what it is entitled.
He however, promised that he will refund some monies he took from YEA to pre-fiance travel and expenses for an international conference.
The Minister suggested Manasseh has teamed up with Kuagbenu to soil his hard-won reputation. But Kuagbenu is challenging the minister to prove he leaked letters to the journalist.
“I am not a coward to leak public information to the media. I don’t do that”, he said. “I take serious exceptions to the statement from the minister. I don’t engage in crap. I don’t engage people to do media work”.
He said he has no personal ambition that could pose a threat to the minister.
“I am not from Tamale South [the Minister’s constituency], I come from the Volta region. I am not aspiring for any office that he is interested in. I don’t cross him in anyway”.
If he disagreed with Haruna Iddrisu, it was on principles, he stressed. “I am only challenging Haruna to prove that I leaked that information to Manasseh Azure”, he said.