On August 24, Dr. Clement Abas Apaak, Member of Parliament (MP) for Builsa South shared on X (previously Twitter) a video of some unidentified men carefully stacking what appeared to be newly printed bundles of money.
He suggested in the post that they were monies Bank of Ghana (BoG) had unlawfully printed. He added that some of the money was shared among delegates.
At the time of publishing this report, the video had received 49.8k views.
Ghana is broke, they are filty rich. BOG unlawfully prints money and posts a loss of GH60B. That they have written off gov't indebtedness to BOG, illegal. Bundles of big notes are stashed in rooms, some are shared to delegates. Connect the dots. It's indeed a criminal enterprise. pic.twitter.com/ALEpIAvBwM
— Dr. Clement Abas Apaak (@DrApaak) August 24, 2023
Prior to the MP for Builsa South making his post, Hon. Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo, MP for Wa Central, also posted the same video on July 24, 2023, which has 235k views on X with over 2,000 likes.
What’s happening in this country? Can we truly build a great country? My God! pic.twitter.com/5ufOsshhZS
— Rashid Pelpuo (@rashpelp) July 24, 2023
In the video, the unidentified men stacking the bundles of money can be heard saying they will take pictures after arranging the bundles of notes. Some are also heard bragging about coming into contact with more money than they were arranging, while others expressed hope that they would make such money in the future.
However, Dr Pelpuo’s video had ‘NPP’ explicitly displayed in red on a white background, whilst the MP for Builsa South’s film did not.
The post by Hon. Abdul-Rashid Hassan Pelpuo came amid suspicions of corruption against former Sanitation and Water Resources Minister Cecilia Abena Dapaah, who held a questionable amount of wealth in her home. Hon. Dr. Clement Abas Apaak’s allegation is on the back of the GHc 6 billion loss by BoG and the national delegates conference of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) scheduled for August 25.
Fact-Check Ghana has verified the claim made by Dr. Clement Abas Apaak. The findings are below.
A reverse image search of frames of the video revealed that it has been in circulation since June 2020. Reports about the video have previously been shared by many news sites (here, here, here, here, and here).
The reports prove that the video does not relate to the recently reported loss of GHc60 billion by the BoG nor do they indicate unlawful printing of money as claimed by Dr. Clement Abas Apaak. The reports also prove that claims of the monies in the video being cash being kept for delegates are false.