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12.10.2007 Politics

Alan`s ¢13bn fundraising windfallNothing fishy! Alan not perturbed!– says Kuuku Welsing-Jones, member of Alan`s communications team

By Accra Mail



Mr. Alan Kyeremanten, former Minister for Trade, Industry and PSI, one of the NPP presidential aspirants, is said to be unperturbed about controversies surrounding the outcome of his presidential fundraising dinner held recently.

The amount, which is rumored to be a little over ¢13billion, has raised eyebrows not only within the ruling NPP but also the entire Ghanaian political scene.

The NDC MP for Tamale South Mr. Haruna Iddrisu is reported to have called for a probe into the background of the individual and corporate donors as well as their tax obligations. The call has been welcomed by some and condemned by others.

Mr. Kuuku Welsing-Jones, a member of the Mr. Kyeremanten's communications team, told the ADM that the aspirant himself is not disturbed by the negative comments because he has not broken any rules/law in organizing a fundraising event. He dismissed rumors that Mr. Kyeremanten laundered the money by giving it out to the donors to be given back to him at the fundraising event.

Mr. Welsing-Jones maintained that there was nothing fishy about the event as it was advertised in the newspapers, unlike some fundraising events which are heard of only after the event without knowing how the amount was raised and the people involved.

“Adverts were placed in the media inviting all lovers and supporters of Alan's vision to come and donate and it was these people who turned up to make their donations… I was there and donated ¢4 million, and would have donated more if I had the amount on my table” Mr. Welsing-Jones told the ADM.

Though he couldn't disclose the exact figure realized at the fundraising event, Mr. Welsing-Jones denied the over ¢13 billion being quoted in sections of the media, describing the reports as being merely speculative.

He challenged critics of Alan to “build their cases well”. Citing the CP's donation to the NDC which went to court as an example, Mr. Welsing Jones challenged any person who has a case against Alan's fundraising to take all available legal processes that could get them the answer. “But for now, Alan is not bound to answer anyone on his fundraising”, he stated conclusively.

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