‘You are trying to destroy me and Rock City, stop it’ – Bryan Acheampong slams Ablakwa

The Minister of Food and Agriculture and Member of Parliament for Abetifi Constituency, Bryan Acheampong, has warned the Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, not to defame his company.

According to Acheampong, who is also the owner of Rock City Hotels Limited, allegations spread by Ablakwa suggesting that he is committing any wrongdoing in Rock City’s proposal to buy 60% stake in the four SSNIT hotels are false and baseless. .

Speaking on JoyFM’s Super Morning Show, the Abetifi MP expressed his disappointment at the stance taken by his colleague.

“They are just adding things up and trying to destroy me and trying to destroy Rock City. It’s very unfair, it’s ‘un-Ghanaian’ and they should stop it,” he told Ablakwa, who was also on the Super Morning Show. .

This comes days after the NDC MP asked the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to stop the sale of four hotels to RockCity, which has Mr Acheampong as one of the two directors.

Ablakwa, in his petition, alleges that documents he has intercepted show that negotiations to sell 60% of the shares in the six SSNIT hotels to the minister’s RockCity Hotel Limited “are well advanced.”

He is seeking an investigation into several allegations, including conflict of interest, abuse of power, lack of due process, procurement violations, cronyism and corruption.

The hotels under scrutiny in the petition include Labadi Beach Hotel, La Palm Royal Beach Resort, Elmina Beach Resort, Ridge Royal Hotel, Busua Beach Resort and Trust Lodge Hotel.

Speaking on Joy SMS on Tuesday, May 21, Ablakwa emphasized that Ghanaians are being defrauded in the transaction.

He hinted that he would send a new petition to the Speaker of Parliament as he believes the MP violated sections of the Constitution by not seeking the President’s permission to engage in a for-profit venture.

However, Bryan Acheampong has denied all of his colleague’s claims.

He explained that he is separate from Rock City as a corporate entity and that as a non-executive director of the hotel, he does not need to apply for a clearance certificate from the Speaker as he has always been in the business before becoming a public official. .

“If you have problems with a corporate entity, ask questions. I will never stop you and no one will stop you from asking questions, but on the tangent that you (Okudzeto Ablakwa) are going on, it has nothing to do with that.

“I am a politician and I can agree with that… but please note that you are not telling the truth and CHRAJ will confirm all this for you,” he told the outspoken MP.

However, Ablakwa is confident that he will be vindicated and that the issues will be resolved fairly after CHRAJ investigations.

The MP added that his suspicion is further reinforced by the fact that Rock City Hotels bought SSNIT’s 25 percent stake in the luxurious Regency Hotel in Kumasi in 2022 for a lesser amount, a claim with which Bryan Acheampong disagreed, insisting that Rock El City obtained the shares for a good value that benefited its business and the state.

“Rock City tells me and SSNIT has also confirmed that they had several negotiation meetings. One of the minutes is the one that Mr. Okudzeto has. In the final negotiations that reached an agreement, the agreement is what Rock City complied with and for a asset that for 30 years has not returned a single cedi to SSNIT pensioners, it is valuable for SSNIT that they withdraw from that transaction,” he explained.

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