– Chinagate Scandal – Part 2 of 3
………Bawumia, 2nd Lady Mrs Bawumia, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, Freddie Blay, Kwame Acheampong Kyei, William Osei Poku, Madam Esther Agyapong Sheriff and Maame Serwaaa Achampong, among others.
Details on how actors and friends of the Akufo-Addo government jetted to China with Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia reveal that the trip was a virtual jamboree in the sky, akin to a pleasure cruise by Rock Stars.
The Republic has inside information on the trip in which many of the 116 people who had traveled with the Vice President were pampered with a cushioning in First Class, along with expensive treats, on the Emirates Airlines flight to Beijing.
In a trip that appears to have been a virtual jollification at the expense of the taxpayer, Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, had cruised VIP.
It has also emerged that expensive booze, including Champagne, had been pre-ordered on the flight by some of the officials in the entourage of the Vice President.
In addition to Mr. Osafo-Maafo, Dr. Bawumia had traveled along with notable grandees, including, his wife, 2nd Lady Samira Bawumia, and the ruling NPP’s Acting Chairman and Board Chairman for the GNPC, Freddy Blay.
Others were Mr. Kwame Achampong Kyei, founder of Gemini Life Insurance Company (GLICO), Mr. William Osei Poku, one Madam Esther Agyapong Sherrif and one Mame Serwaa Achampong.
Reports have since emerged that many of the officials had traveled with girlfriends, paramours and concubines tagging along to enrich the experience.
Available details show that the Vice President had flown with his cabin and seat assigned, “F001A He Mahamududr Bawumia 001E,” with “F” being designation for ‘First Class’ cabin on the plane.
The 2nd Lady had flown with designation, “F 00IE He Samira Ramadanbawumia,”
Senior Minister, “002A Hon Samuelyaw Osafomaafo VIP,” and the GNPC Board Chairman, “F001F Hon Fredrickworsemaoarmah Blay.”
GLICO’s founder had flown with designation, “F002E Mr. Kwame Achampong Kyei,” William Osei Poku, “F001K Mr. William Osei Poku,” Madam Achampong as “002F Mrs. Mame Serwaa Achampong 002E” and Madam Esther Agyapong as, “F002k Estheragyapong Sherrif.”
Many other seat designations suggest that other people who had traveled in First class were ladies that neither have public cachet nor known official connections with the NPP government.
Sources say these designations were for kept women that some of the government officials had traveled along with.
Over the weekend, there were references to a beautiful damsel, officially incognito as far as the Akufo-Addo government is concerned, that Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo, had shared an indulgent photo with.
The photo, which has since gone viral, captures the Senior Minister smiling sexily along with the damsel as they get ready to dine on expensive-looking food that had been served them in their corner of the First Class VIP cabin.
A flurry of public commentary about the Senior Minister’s photo has since been uncharitable, with many connecting it to an earlier photo of Sammy Awuku, the NPP’s National Youth Organizer, emerging from a KLM flight with another damsel, and concluding that it is very telling about the Akufo-Addo government.
Ghana’s High Commissioner to India, Mike Oquaye Jr., also recently incurred flak when he was seen in a selfie with an indecently clad woman in London.
The Republic has also heard of merriments that punctuated the travel in first class, with some of the members of the Vice President’s entourage said to have knocked back glasses of Moet & Chandon, while on the flight.
Interestingly, the new culture of expensive flights that has come with the NPP government is directly contradictory to a deliberate policy of prudence that the predecessor NDC government had pursued.
In 2015, former President Mahama had banned his appointees from flying First Class.
Fast forward to 2017 and the Akufo-Addo government, which has not been able to pay salaries for six months is paying for its officials to globetrot on first class.
Vice President Bawumia’s recent trip to China had seen him carry along an entourage of 116 with many flying First Class while others had flown Business Class.
The list of 116, including regime actors, friends of the government and party foot soldiers, had been a padding of a previous list of 88 people that State Protocol had pruned down to 80.
While on the flight, it is reported that members of the entourage had been paid per diem, while some in First Class had quaffed Champagne.
Upon touchdown in China, Vice President Bawumia, his wife and grandees in accompaniment, had been hosted in the plush Diaoyoutai Guest House, while the rest of the entourage had been hosted at the Beijing Hilton Hotel.
The four-day visit was apparently so experiential that many of the NPP foot soldiers who had tagged along rushed to post photos of their time in China on social media.
Vice President Bawumia has since announced that his government has agreed to allow China leverage $460billion of Ghana’s bauxite in exchange for China giving Ghana some $20 billion loan.
The announcement has since stirred shock among Ghanaians with many denouncing the deal as a rip-off to Ghana.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Fiifi Samuels