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26.09.2005 General News

Bartels has not been left alone -Prez spokesperson

By CitiFm
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The presidential spokesperson on governance Frank Agyekum has debunked assertions that the minister for Private Sector Development and Presidential Special Initiative Kwamena Bartels has been left all alone to deal with the information gap concerning the retraction of his statement on government's position on the provision of free land for ministers and MPs.

Kwamena Bartels said at a recent press briefing that government had decided to allocate part of its land banks meant for oil palm and cassava plantation to MPs and ministers for farming.

In an interview with a local radio station - Citi Fm, Frank Agyekum confirmed that the idea was mooted at the cabinet level, but the minister was quick to come public with it. He emphasised that government had not yet taken a definite decision on the matter.

In addition he appealed to the public not to make too much farce on the issue since it is the first time government had committed such an error.

The announcement by Mr Kwamena Bartels had generated a lot of debate from the public with many criticising the government on the decision. It appears the government has back tracked on its decision due to the growing criticism it is receiving from the public.

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