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Dismiss Allegations of Energy Minister’s Involvement in Land Dispute – Aide

Dismiss Allegations of Energy Minister's Involvement in Land Dispute - Aide

Kofi Abrefa Afena, the Press Aide to Energy Minister Dr. Matthew Opoku Prempeh, refutes claims made by certain Ghanaian media outlets regarding his boss’s involvement in a land dispute with a businessman.

Afena clarified that the Minister, also the Member of Parliament for Manhyia South Constituency in the Ashanti Region, has never personally asserted ownership of the disputed land mentioned in the media reports.

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He dismissed allegations that the Energy Minister dispatched National Security operatives and land guards to intimidate individuals on the property as “fabricated fictions.”

In a statement released on February 16, 2024, Afena highlighted that there is no documentation linking Dr. Prempeh to the contested land.

While acknowledging that family members of the Minister benefit from the land’s assignee, Afena emphasized their legal capacity to advocate for themselves.

He asserted that the land in question was lawfully transferred to the administrators of the late Madam Stella Ababio’s estate, with records confirming payment of requisite fees and taxes since 1984.

Afena emphasized that Madam Ababio’s estate has legal ownership, supported by documentation and the presence of a building on the land.

He debunked the businessman’s claim regarding a purported proposal, stating that such proposals hold no legal weight in land ownership matters and are subject to judicial review.

Afena criticized the unnamed businessman’s anonymity, attributing it to malicious intent. He accused certain media personnel of tarnishing Dr. Prempeh’s reputation without merit, asserting that the Minister upholds the rule of law and eschews violence in resolving personal or related matters.

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