By Maxwell Ofori
The President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has accepted a resignation letter from his employee, Mr Rockson Bukari, former Upper East Regional Minister, and wished him well in his future endeavours.
The former Minister of State at the Office of the President, Rockson Bukari’s decision to lay down his tools followed a leaked audio recording suggesting him trying to convince a journalist to kill a story.
A statement issued yesterday, and signed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, said Mr Bukari tendered in his resignation because he had taken note of the said leaked audio recording.
According to the release, the decision was to disallow the tape from disrupting “the focus of government in delivering on its mandate,” stating further that the former Minister of State resigned “as a matter of principle.”
The statement also quoted Mr Bukari that he resigned as a matter of principle, having “exercised judgment contrary to what I have known you to stand for, and require of your servants in running this country.”
News broke last week of an alleged monetary inducement initiated by Mr Bukari in a telephone conversation between him and Edward Adeti, a reporter with Starr FM, in a frantic and desperate effort to prevent the reporter from publishing a damning story when he was heading the Upper East Region.
Justice Jacob B. Boon, a Senior Judge in the Upper East Region, was caught meeting officials of Shaanxi Mining Company Limited – a party in a case before him – day and night in November 2018 at his residence.
The journalist, Mr. Adeti, confronted officials of Shaanxi and the judge with his evidence two days prior to the judgment. Thereafter, he began receiving telephone calls from some powerful figures who are linked to Shaanxi, pleading strongly on behalf of the judge and the Chinese-owned company for him not to publish the findings.
However, a response from the Minister’s office moments before his resignation, said the move by the Minister, to plead with the journalist was in consonance with his peace-making nature.
It read in part; “For the avoidance of doubt, the Minister’s approach by way of pleading with Edeti is typical with his peace-making intervention approach to situations, and in this case, sought to avoid what he was informed was a misjudgment sought to be projected to hurt the reputation of a retiring judge in the region he had superintended as Minister.”