A Minister of State at the Presidency, Rockson Bukari, has resigned after a tape recording captured him attempting to stop a Starr FM journalist from publishing a damaging story about Shaanxi Mining company leaked.
The former Upper East Regional Minister had earlier denied claims he attempted to bribe the journalist to kill the story against a judge and the Shaanxi Mining Company late in 2018.
A statement by the Communications Director of the Presidency, Eugene Arhin, stated that the President, Nana Addo Dabkwa Akufo-Addo, had accepted the resignation of the Minister.
Find the full statement below
JUBILEE HOUSE – ACCRA
29th April, 2019
For Immediate Release
PRESIDENT AKUFO–ADDO ACCEPTS HON. ROCKSON BUKARI‘S
RESIGNATION FROM OFFICE
The President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo–Addo, on Monday, 29th April, 2019, accepted the resignation from office of Hon. Rockson Bukari, Minister of State at the Office of the President.
This was after Hon. Rockson Bukari submitted his letter of resignation to the President on Monday, 29th April, because he had “taken note of the tape circulating in the media“, and had, therefore, taken the decision to resign “in order not to allow the tape to disrupt the focus of government in delivering on its mandate.”
He further stated, in his letter, 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.”
The President accepted his resignation, and wished him well in his future endeavours.
Eugene Arhin Director of Communications