General News Thu, 24 May 2012

Government no longer selling 'Jake Bungalow'

The Government of Ghana has reversed its decision to sell a State bungalow that became the centre of a Supreme Court controversy since 2008.

The Supreme Court by a majority decision on Tuesday dismissed a case in which two deputy Ministers of State challenged the right of the NPP National Chairman, Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, to acquire a State bungalow he lived in as minister of tourism and chief of staff.

Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwah and Edward Omane-Boamah, alleged that Mr. Obetsebi-Lamptey abused his office during the acquisition of bungalow No. 2 Mango Street at the Ridge Residential area.

In a press statement signed by Information Minister, Fritz Baffour, Cabinet resolved at its meeting today “NOT to sell the said property,” currently being occupied by Nii Lantey Vanderpuye, a presidential aide.

It added that “no political appointee should be allowed to engage in such unacceptable transaction.”

The statement titled Government will not sell property to Jake Obetsebi Lamptey, described the acquisition as “immoral”, adding “the property in question thus continues to remain the property of the State.”**

Source: citifmonline