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28.02.2005 General News

No "Rubbish" From Me – Dan Botwe

By Lens

Information Minister, Mr. Dan Botwe, has explained that he did not use the word "rubbish" to describe a Chronicle publication alleging that the NPP government was behind attempts to destroy a former editor of the Chronicle, Mr. Raymond Archer.

Speaking to The Lens, Dan Botwe said his reaction to the Chronicle publication was contained in a release to a number of press houses and, "nowhere in that release did I use the word rubbish."

He contends that the Daily Guide used the word "rubbish" apparently to paraphrase what he had written.

Meanwhile unimpeachable sources in the NPP insist that Dan Botwe better watch his steps with the likes of Presidential Spokesman, Kwabena Agyepong, who insiders assert has not made it to the ministerial status because of fears that he may not pass parliamentary vetting due to his case that had to do with his "kidnapping" of $40,000 belonging to Robert Boateng, a former player of Asante Kotoko.

He is said not to be too happy that he has not been made a Minister, and indications are that he would not be too sad to see the back of Dan Botwe from government.

Already, Dan Botwe is being fattened for the kill, as he is virtually being made redundant while crucial information on government programmes and policies that are not available to him as Minister of Information are given to key government apologists in the media.

Insiders say Kwabena Agyepong and his allies believe that a vibrant Information Ministry would render Kwabena Agyepong's position as Presidential Spokesman, as well as the other Government spokespersons, redundant and superfluous, and for this reason attempts are constantly being made to hinder Dan Botwe's effectiveness.

Dan Botwe himself, possibly not unaware of these machinations, is said to be working out a plan that would effectively leave the field of play in Accra and other high-visibility areas, such as Kumasi and Takoradi, to Kwabena Agyepong and the other myriad government Spokespersons while he takes his job to the hinterlands. Who says the man does not know how to survive.

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