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Ghanaian minister fired for her comments about not quitting politics until she makes $1million

DSC_5918A Ghanaian female deputy minister has been dismissed by the country’s President John Dramani Mahama after she allegedly said she will not quit politics until she makes at least one million dollars.

Deputy Minister of Communication, Victoria Hammah, (pictured above) was sacked yesterday, a day after she was heard in a leaked tape to radio stations saying she would not quit politics until she’s rich. The voice purported to be that of Victoria Hammah is heard telling a female companion:

“I will not quit politics until I make one million dollars. If you have money then you can control people.”

She also criticized another minister, the deputy minister of gender, children and social protection, Rachel Appoh, in the leaked tape. She said:

“It was useless for the deputy minister to fight Nana Lithur whose husband is friends with former President Jerry Rawlings and was President Mahama’s lawyer during the 2012 election challenge. She cannot boast of 100,000 Ghana cedis or 100,000 dollars.”

The Ghanaian government released a statement today announcing her dismissal, but didn’t give any reason for the sack. That’s how politics works in Ghana. She was sacked for what she intended to do and not what she’s done already. Nigeria ought to learn from this.

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  1. mark

     /  November 9, 2013

    Nigeria?? Learn?? How?? Who dem wan sack?? David mark?? Abi na who?? Abegiii… Make crude oil dry up naim i dey wait for

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  2. Chisom12

     /  November 9, 2013

    The statements attributed to this minister sound quite petty and I don’t buy that she said those, unless of course she is that small minded. But if she did say those things then the government did a very good job by cutting her loose.
    Nigeria should indeed learn and take on the high road to greatness. Well done Ghana.

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  3. nik

     /  November 9, 2013

    If she want to make money, she should work her way into taking a seat in naija politics where you spend millions of dollars on an item that is not worth having.

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  4. @chisom12, nice reply!
    I just hope this is not a ploy to get the supposed minister out of office. Being a deputy minister of comms, she ought to realize the cost implication of saying the wrong things even when nobody is “supposedly” listening. If it were a video evidence, then it would be more understandable.
    Does the Nigeria Government need to take a cue from this? The media in Nigeria is already playing her role, but what are young lawyers doing to ensure that everyone is made liable to abide by the constitution. I do hope and expect to see young lawyers pursuing and gathering factual evidence and subsequently taking criminal government officials to court!
    Emma Odia
    http://www.twitter.com/Im_yearn

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  5. Yemie

     /  November 10, 2013

    Someone getting fired over a mere comment? Ouch! If we had the same standards here in Naija, which we obviously do not have; then Stella Oduah shoulda kissed her appointment goodbye now for saying accidents are acts of God. Mediocrity at its ‘bestest’. An erstwhile minister of power also commented a while ago that power outtage in our country should be blamed on demonic forces, literally.

    If only we had patriotic leaders. Ghana’s light years ahead of us now but well, e go better!

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