NPP leader denies taking ‘incentives’ for Vodafone vote

7 Jul 2009

The leader of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Ghana, Mr Osei-Kyei Mensah-Bonsu, has denied accusations that his party took ‘incentives’ when in power last year to vote in favour of Vodafone’s takeover of national PTO Ghana Telecom. Earlier this week, the NPP Member of Parliament for Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa, P C Appiah-Ofori, told Joy News that his colleagues in the last parliament accepted USD5,000 each to back the Vodafone deal. However, in a swift denial, Mr Mensah-Bonsu, says Mr Appiah-Ofori’s claims ‘could not be true’. Nonetheless, he did go on to say that it was standard parliamentary practice ‘to institute a special package for members on occasions the house over-stayed to deliberate on issues’. Such measures he said, are ‘nothing much to write home about’, but are incentives to compensate members for sitting beyond their mandated working hours.

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