Ghanaian President John Atta-Mills has ordered an investigation into the financial activities of the Minister of Youth and Sports. Muntaka Mubarak has been accused of financial impropriety at the sports ministry.
Among other things, Mubarak is accused of allegedly receiving funds for his personal expenses. This includes travelling with his girlfriend to a luxurious resort in Cote D’Ivoire and charging the cost to his ministry. Mubarak has denied any wrongdoing.
President Atta-Mills has directed the sports minister to take a leave of absence pending the completion of the investigation. Mubarak has denied any wrongdoing.
Presidential spokesman Mahama Ayariga said the president will determine the fate of the minister based on the outcome of the investigation.
He said the probe would be expedited provided the players at the center of the controversy fully cooperate with the investigators.
"It is hoped that if all the actors cooperate with the National Security Agency, within a very short time, we should have the outcome of the investigation made known to the president," he said.
Ayariga said President Atta-Mills called for an independent probe to ensure fairness to both the sports minister and his accusers.
"What the president wanted to do was to give Honorable Mubarak an opportunity to respond to the allegations based on which he [President Atta-Mills] will take a decision where there are matters that would require further investigations," Ayariga said.