Fearless investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has declared his loss of hope in President Akufo-Addo’s fight against corruption and galamsey, comparing his election to exchanging a ‘yam’ phone for a smartphone phone but ending up with not normal soap but rather a fake soap.
The journalist recounted that he was much hopeful and
optimistic of the President’s commitment to the fight against corruption and
galamsey so much so that when the President and his government took initial
steps to fight both, he wholeheartedly praised the President and the
“I wrote a long article praising President Akufo-Addo when
he declared war on galamsey. In my view, it was genuine. I wrote a long article
praising the president when he appointed Martin Amidu as Special Prosecutor. I
praised the Attorney-General and the government for their fight against
corruption when the A-G ordered the police CID to investigate into the Robbing
the Assemblies story even before I finished the series. In 2017, I was
optimistic,” he recounted on Facebook.
However, he noted that after three years of the Akufo-Addo
presidency, his has become completely hopeless, adding that his trust in the
administration amounts to investing in a scheme worse than the infamous ponzi
“Today, I look back and realise that trusting this
government is worse than investing in Menzgold. Even they could not resist the
temptation to continue the SADA (NDA) and GYEEDA(YEA) scandals they used as
their campaign message in 2016. I’m just beginning to realise that even the
soap I got instead of the smart phone I paid for is fake. Yes, fake soap,”
Fake Soap Analogy
At the Kwame Nkrumah Circle,
now Kwame Nkrumah Interchange, people regularly get scammed when they go
to buy phones or exchange old ones for new ones.
Usually, the victims
are shown the phone they desire to purchase. When the victims are satisfied
with it, the scammer, then under the pretext of packaging it, replaces the good phone with, usually, soap
shaped in like the phone.
They then hand it over to the unsuspecting buyer.
The scammed buyer when they discover the fraud later hardly
find the scammers: they vanish into thin air or become unrecognizable.
Manasseh Azure Awuni has said that former President John Dramani Mahama was the ‘yam’ or non-smartphone phone that Ghanaians sought to replace with a new modern smartphone phone( President Akufo-Addo) but have ended up with not normal useful soap but fake soap.
His comparison is normally with respect to the fight against
corruption and illegal small scale mining (galamsey).