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Incumbent Member of Parliament (MP) Kumbungu Constituency in the Northern Region, Ras Mubarak is claiming some of his contenders may have been engaged in money laundering considering the profligate spending done at the party primary in the area.
According to him the wanton display of cash suggests there was vote-buying which culminated into his defeat and has therefore reported the matter to the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to look into it.
The loudmouth lawmaker was giving the spanking of his life by a Lecturer with the University for Development Studies (UDS), Dr Hamza Adam who polled 401 as against the incumbent’s 273 and 81 votes for the third candidate Baba Abdulai.
Ras Mubarak who was optimistic of carry the day has been left disappointed together with his supporters after results declared signaled his obituary.
In a post-election interview he said “As a country, we have to rethink the way we want our politics to go forward. We have seen levels of vote-buying and particularly in the Kumbungu election.”
“Interestingly I have even reported and complained to the BNI to look into the possibility of money laundering. Officially, I have reported to the BNI to look at how people could just share money like crazy so to speak just three days ago.”
It would be recalled that in March last year, Abubakari Issahaka, National Democratic Congress (NDC) Kumbungu Constituency Chairman told Tamale-based North Star radio that they blame themselves for paving the way for Ras Mubarak to become the Member of Parliament (MP) who has turned around to tag them as illiterates, a comment the Chairman described as very insulting.
According to him, they accept their faults but have vowed to ensure that this mistake does not repeat itself ever in the history of the constituency as far as he remains the Chairman recounting how Ras Mubarak was barely known to the constituency and efforts they made to ensure he became an MP.
“We blame ourselves for allowing him to insult us as ignorant and illiterates. If we sacked him when he came these insults would not have been thrown at us now. Since he is more enlightened than us, we take it in good faith and will respond accordingly”, he told the host in an interview monitored by MyNewsGh.com.