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26.01.2005 General News

Charles Bintim Denies Allegation

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The Minister-designate for Local Government and Rural development, Charles Bintim, has refuted allegation that he had chaired a REGSEG meeting and ordered that any political party supporter seen on a van should be shot.

It would be recalled that on the 9th of last November the REGSEC, under the Chairmanship of Mr Bintim, placed ban on outdoor political activities in the Tamale metropolis, which was followed by another ban on political activities including phone-ins and discussions on all radio stations in the area on the 11th of the same month.

REGSEC action followed disturbances in the metropolis and an incident that resulted in the killing of 15-year old Mohammed Sumani at Changli in Tamale.

A member of the parliamentary vetting Committee, Alban Bagbin came up with this issue, when Mr Bintim, acting Deputy Northern regional minister,, appeared before the committee yesterday. Answering a question on the issue, Mr Bintim denied Chairing any REGSEC meeting that ordered that anyone seen on political party van should be shot. He also refuted an allegation that he led some irate youth to forcefully and unlawfully free One Mohammed Bashiru Red from prisons custody. Sometime last year, Red was arrested, put before the law court and placed in prison custody for firing warning shots at a polling station in Tamale.

Mr Bagbin questioned Mr Bintim on the issue and also asked him whether he has a special assistance by name Ex Sgt Karimu Soldier, but Mr Bintim refuted both assertions.

Other ministers designate who appeared before the committee included, Ernest Debrah, Food and Agriculture, Prof Christopher Ameyaw Akumfi, Habours and railways. Hajia Alima Mahama, Women and Children Affairs and Albert Ken Dapah, communications. They all answered questions in relation to their Ministries.

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