General News of Sunday, 16 July 2017
The Kumbungu Member of Parliament, Mr Ras Mubarak has described as “empty noise” and diversionary, the revelation that he bugged his office and official car during his tenure as Chief Executive of the National Youth Authority (NYA).
His successor, Emmanuel Asigiri, revealed recently that just like the Inusah Fuseini bugging saga, where the former Lands and Natural Resources Minister left a bug in his office which was blindly inherited by his successors, he [Mr Asigri], too, inherited Mr Mubarak’s car bug.
Mr Asigri said he only detected the bug after thoroughly checks following difficulties he experienced with using the SUV.
“It is not only Inusah Fuseini who did this type of thing. I have suffered the same personally. My official SUV had a tracking in it and nobody in the authority knew until it created a problem for the vehicle. The vehicle won’t start. We tried all the things we needed to do, the vehicle won’t start. We brought experts from Toyota Ghana, they tried everything the vehicle won’t start,” he said on Multi TV’s newsfile programme on Saturday, 15 July.
A lot of flak has been hurled at Mr Mubarak on social media following the revelation.
He has, however, explained that he ordered the bug in his office to be removed as well as the one in his car to be deactivated before leaving office, and, thus, does not see the whole “fuss” being created by his critics.
“In all humility, if I wanted ‘dirt’ on a member of the new government, he’s the least person of interest to me. The fuss about me bugging or tracking his movements is just empty noise to take away attention from the embarrassing flop of the homecoming summit his government organised; they want to divert attention from the insults the Deputy Minister rained on Ghanaians in the diaspora and the utter disrespect and arrogance already demonstrated by a section of the Akufo-Addo government; the corruption that’s engulfed the government, the U-Turn upon U-Turn and broken and failed promises of his government,” Mr Mubarak said.
Below is what Mr Mubarak posted on Facebook on Sunday
1. I installed security devices in my office and my official car in 2013 when I took over. The device in my office was secretly planted while the tracker on the vehicle was done in the full glare of staff of NYA including official drivers.
2. I was not the only person who had access to my office. Cleaners at NYA came to clean offices in the evening after close of work.
3. My office keys were left with the security every evening after close of work. Wouldn’t I be naive not to have had recording devices in my office? How could I tell what went on when I wasn’t in the office and cleaners I don’t know from anywhere had unfettered access to my office?
4. I personally uninstalled the devices in my office when I was leaving, and directed my official driver to take the car to the workshop (I’m not a mechanic) and have them uninstall the tracking device in the official vehicle.
5. It’s ridiculous for anyone to suggest that I had installed a device to bug or track an NPP appointee, albeit a very obscure member of government.
6. I handed over to JK Manu, a public servant who at the time of my departure was the senior-most staff at the NYA and not to the current acting CEO.
7. Has the current Acting Head of NYA found out from his predecessor if he knew there was a device? Has he found out from the drivers if they knew of the device in the car and how long it had been there?
8. In all humility if I wanted “dirt” on a member of the new government, he’s the least person of interest to me. The fuss about me bugging or tracking his movements is just empty noise to take away attention from the embarrassing flop of the homecoming summit his government organized; they want to divert attention from the insults the Deputy Minister rained on Ghanaians in the diaspora and the utter disrespect and arrogance already demonstrated by a section of the Akufo Addo government; the corruption that’s engulfed the government, the U-Turn upon U-Turn and broken and failed promises of his government