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Ablakwa Notifies Police of Demonstration Against Sale of SSNIT Hotels to Bryan Acheampong

The MP broke the news about the attempted sale of the hotels, petitioning CHRAJ to investigate possible conflict of interest

The Member of Parliament for North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa has written to the police about an intended demonstration set for June 18, against the attempt to sell a 60% stake in four SSNIT hotels to a business owned by Minister of Agriculture, Mr. Bryan Acheampong.

The demonstration will start from the Labadi Beach Hotel (one of the four SSNIT hotels for sale) and continue to the La Palm Royal Beach Hotel (another SSNIT hotel) and then finally the Jubilee House, which is the seat of the President.

Demonstrators say they would also present a petition to President Akufo-Addo.

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“Considering that the deal is about to be finalized and noting the Agric Minister has been offering strange public justifications for his conduct, which reveal that the government intends to continue with this putrefying arrangement albeit with impunity; albeit in these circumstances, as citizens, we are compelled to enter the next phase of our national resistance,” parts of the letter to the police read.

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The North-Tongu MP earlier petitioned the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), to look into possible issues of conflict of interest, and abuse of office. He has also indicated sponsoring a private members bill to address the issue of politicians participating in the sale or purchase of state assets.

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Since Ablakwa broke the news about the intended sale of the hotels, SSNIT has dismissed it, denying any wrongdoing. Saying instead that the decision to sell 60% of its stake in its hotels to Rock City Hotel (the business owned by Bryan Achemapong) was a strategic partnership to raise capital to invest in the hotels.

But organised labour doesn’t seem to agree. It’s one of those protesting the attempted sale, and even threatened striking to halt the sale.

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