Ras Mubarak demands release of Australian visa scandal report

Ras Mubarak demands release of Australian visa scandal report Kumbungu MP, Ras Mubarak

The Member of Parliament for Kumbungu Constituency, Ras Mubarak, is demanding that government makes public its report on the Australia Commonwealth games visa scandal.

According to him, President Akufo-Addo’s declaration that the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Pius Hadzide was not guilty hence his reinstatement is not enough proof that there was no wrongdoing.

Speaking on Eyewitness News on Monday, Ras Mubarak said the Ministry of Youth and Sports played an oversight role in the issuance of visas to the games hence cannot be exonerated following the debacle.

Ghana was ridiculed and embarrassed across the world after it emerged that the government had supported about 60 Ghanaians to go to games under the pretext of being journalists.

Suspended Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide
Suspended Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide

According to Australian authorities, although all the affected persons had the necessary accreditation, they were not convinced the reported persons were real journalists.

Many were said to lack basic journalistic tools like smartphones, recorders or cameras and had no idea about the sporting disciplines they were there to cover.

The 60 persons were arrested and later deported to Ghana.

The government after several criticisms referred the case to the National Security for investigations.

The government in April suspended the Deputy Youth and Sports Minister, Pius Enam Hadzide over the matter since it was reported that he had direct oversight over the process of the issuance of the visas, but President Akufo-Addo on Monday reinstated Pius Hadzide indicating that investigations reveal he was not guilty.

President Akufo-Addo

However, Ras Mubarak said there appears to be an attempt by the government to free guilty persons by hiding the report.

“In this particular issue, we believe that there are incidences of whitewashing of the investigation that is why we have indicated that the presidency has to make public the findings of the committee. This is one particular incident that brought unto our nation, unto all of us, monumental levels of embarrassment. We were all embarrassed by the fact that people who were not sportsmen and women ended up in Australia and this was read all over the world” he said.

He told Richard Sky on Eyewitness News that “we believe that it could not have happened without any form of collusion.  We want that finding to be made public so that Ghanaians can read and analyze the findings and find out whether or not there was any collusion… In any serious country, this should have resulted in the resignation of the sector minister himself.”

Ras Mubarak further indicated that a motion or question would be filed on the floor of Parliament to press home his demand.

By: Jonas Nyabor/citinewsroom.com/Ghana

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