The Facts

  • Ghanaian Pres. Nana Akufo-Addo's office announced on Monday that Deputy Minister for Finance Charles Adu Boahen was fired after allegations emerged against him in an expose about an illegal gold mining scheme.

  • The decision came after a leaked clip of "Galamsey Economy," a new documentary produced by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and set to be aired on Monday, appeared to show Boahen collecting nearly $200K from investors to give to Ghana's VP Mahamudu Bawumia.

The Spin

Establishment-critical narrative

This is further proof of the widespread corruption of the finance ministry — all the way to the top. There has long been an entanglement of politicians and banks, and nothing will ever change unless the entire ministry is dismantled and head minister Ken Ofori-Atta is also fired.

Pro-establishment narrative

Though the severity of these reports came as a surprise to Pres. Akufo-Addo, Ghana's leader has taken decisive action by immediately firing Adu Boahen and calling for an investigation into the matter. He is working to tackle the corruption.

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