Investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni has denied ever meeting the Executive Chairman of the Jospong Group of Companies (the group of companies to which Zoomlion belongs) Joseph Siaw Agyepong alone, insisting that he met with him in the presence of others.
Paul Adom-Otchere alleged on his show that Mr Manasseh had met with him alone and that allegations from that meeting had it that he had demanded an amount of $100,000 from Mr Siaw Agyepong.
But Mr Manasseh Azure Awuni responded almost immediately on Facebook explaining that he never met him a lone and the allegations of the request for money is a barefaced lie.
“Mr. Ransford Tetteh, the former Editor of Daily Graphic, was at the reception of Joseph Siaw Agyepong in 2013 when I entered the meeting with Paul Adom Otchere, Robert Coleman and we met Joseph Siaw Agyepong together. Ransford Tetteh is not dead. I was investigating GYEEDA in 2013 and when I wrote to Zoomlion for information, it was Paul Adom Otchere, who called my editor, Elvis Kwashie that the Zoomlion team wanted to meet me.
When I went to that meeting, I found Ransford Tetteh at the reception area. I sat with him and Paul until Robert Coleman called me and we all — Paul Adom Otchere, Robert Coleman and I – entered the meeting together and came out together. When Jospeh Siaw Agyepong gave me his card, I threw it away. I have never saved his number on my phone. I have never called him. And I have never met him since,” he asserted.
He added that the accusation by Adom-Otchere that he Manasseh requested to meet with Joseph Siaw Agyepong is also a lie.
“For Paul Adom Otchere to say I requested and met the man alone and that’s where the allegation came from is false. I now understand why Robert Nii Arday Clegg said Paul was evil,” he lashed out.
He also point out that he met Mr Siaw Agyepong only in 2013 and not in 2016 as alleged by Adom-Otchere, adding that he had Mr Adom-Otchere admitting to the fact that the allegation of his request for money happened in 2016 and not in 2013 when he meet Siaw Agyepong in the presence of others.
“I also have Paul Adom Otchere on tape telling me in December 2016 that this allegation in question came up in 2016. It has nothing to do with the 2013 meeting when Paul and Coleman were present. When the Zoomlion issue came up in November 2016 after the NPP press conference, I took up the matter and that’s when he called my colleague to lie about me. In that audio, Paul Adom Otchere admitted taking part in the 2013 meeting.
For emphasis, I have met Joseph Siaw Agyepong only once. And at that meeting, Paul Adom Otchere and Robert Coleman were present. I did not request to meet Joseph Siaw Agyepong alone. As I have stated, Ransford Tetteh of Daily Graphic was sitting at the reception area when we entered. Paul, Coleman and I entered that meeting. He is not dead. Anybody can ask him.
And there’s an audio that shows Paul is a liar,” he concluded.
Mr Adom-Otchere had promised to expose Manasseh but merely said that he heard rumours that Mr Manasseh Azure Awuni had demanded money from Mr Siaw Agyepong much to the disappointment of many who were expecting him to present something explosive about Manasseh on his Good Evening Ghana show yesterday.
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