Deputy Minister Victoria Hammah Fired “betrayed by own cousin”

The Deputy Communications Minister Victoria Hammah has been sacked. The minister was relieved of her post after she was allegedly heard on a secret tape saying she will only quit politics after making one million dollars.

The tape went viral on the internet and social networking sites with newspaers quoting verbatim the comments contained thereoff. The driver who is alleged to have secretly recorded private conversations of Ms Victoria Hammah is the former Deputy Minister’s cousin,

According to the website, Ms Hammah’s brother, Lord Hammah, confirmed the news, describing the development as a betrayal that had worsened divisions within the family. Lord Hammah reportedly added that he and his junior brother, Paul Hammah, had also been secretly recorded by the same driver.

The said driver, whose name was given only as Lawrence, has since been arrested by the police. The Public Relations Officer of the Greater Accra Regional Police Command, DSP Freeman Tettey, said a complaint was lodged by Ms Hammah that her driver had secretly recorded her.

Ms Hammah was sacked Friday morning by President John Mahama after the emergence of a tape, in which a voice purported to be hers is heard saying she would stay in politics until she has made $1m.

“If you have money then you can control people,” she said on the tape which has gone viral on the internet, and is the subject of media discussions across the country. She is also heard making derogatory remarks about Deputy Minister of Gender, Children and Social Protection, Rachel Appoh, whom she accused of instigating quarrels with her superior, the substantive minister.

Ms Hammah also claimed to have heard that Nana Oye Lithur, the Minister for Gender, Children and Social Protection, played a fundamental role in securing a favourable verdict for President Mahama in the recently-concluded election petition hearing.


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