Editor-in-chief of the New Crusading Guide Newspaper, Abdul Malik Kweku Baako has denied flatly reports that he attacked Joy FM Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni for his work on the President taking a Ford Explorer car gift from a Burkinabe contractor.
"I have misquoted on several things but as a Journalist, I'm not prepared to go into that...but I never attacked Manasseh or his work...I never attacked Manasseh...," Kweku Baako said forcefully on Joy FM's Newsfile Programme Saturday.
Various reports in sections of the media had claimed that the veteran Journalist had attacked Manasseh for his new work exposing President Mahama over a gift given him by Burkinabe contractor, Djibril Kanazoe.
Manasseh Azure in his latest expose claims President John Mahama (then Vice President) was presented with a new Ford Expedition vehicle as a gift by Burkinabe contractor Djibril Kanazoe, perhaps for helping him to secure contracts for fencing Ghana’s embassy in Burkina Faso and also winning the 46.4km European Union funded Dodo-Pepesu Road Contract.
“Burkinabe contractor, Mr. Djibril Kanazoe, who has received praise from President John Mahama for his work, has confirmed he presented a brand new Ford Expedition to the President as a gift…,” Manasseh wrote in his expose, which was also aired on Joy FM's Super Morning Show.
These claims have been challenged by the Communications Minister, Dr. Edward Omane Boamah. "The programme sought to link a vehicle presented to the President in 2012 to two contracts awarded to a Burkinabe-owned construction firm.
"The said vehicle, which was placed in the vehicle pool at the Presidency as per established convention had nothing to do with the award of the contracts,” the Communications Minister posited in a statement.
And Kweku Baako was alleged to have claimed on Metro TV on Thursday that Manasseh could have taken his time to apprise himself with the full facts of the matter before going public with the documentary.
But Kweku Baako insists he has never said that and was quoted wrongly. He added that he re-called the tape from Metro TV and "clearly could be heard" defending Manasseh even when his co-panelist on the Good Morning Ghana show, Alhassan Suhiyini was attacking him.