Ayorkor Botchwey discredits chat messages, says they are falsified
Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway has dismissed a widely circulated screenshot showing a purported conversation between her and an unidentified person.
The tone of the conversation suggested that the minister was conceding to wrong doing in the controversial Oslo property being purchased for Ghana’s chancery in Norway.
But the Ministry of Foreign Affairs and Regional Integration issued a strongly worded statement to disassociate the minister from the said “contrived, malicious and falsified” conversation.
The chat messages, the statement said, “are creative and crafty renditions of the overactive imaginations of people who have made it their personal mission to malign, smear and cause disaffection for the office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs for their own malicious purposes.”
Find the full statement below
The Hon. Minister for Foreign Affairs, Shirley Ayorkor Botchway (MP), firmly disassociates herself with contrived, malicious and falsified chat messages attributed to her in relation to the purchase, intent to purchase and possession of any premises in Norway or elsewhere.
The good people of Ghana are advised to discount the circulated “screenshots” as they are creative and crafty renditions of the overactive imaginations of people who have made it their personal mission to malign, smear and cause disaffection for the office of the Minister for Foreign Affairs for their own malicious purposes.
The Hon. Minister intends to fully pursue the source of this slander and ensure that the parties behind its circulation are dealt with to the full extent of the law, and to maintain the sanctity of her reputable office.
The Hon. Minister assures Ghanaians of the prudent management of Ghana’s diplomatic assets through well established and best practice channels and procedures.