I will be exonerated - Hadzide

Author: Peter Sarbah
Pius Enam Hadzide

Suspended Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, Pius Enam Hadzide, has reiterated his conviction of being exonerated of any wrongdoing when investigation into the 2018 Commonwealth Games visa scandal are concluded.

He said that as the chairman of the International Games Committee, he accepted responsibility of all that may have gone wrong but could vouch that all those on his official list for the Gold Coast games were genuine people.

Speaking on Metro TV's Good Morning Ghana show on Friday July 6, the deputy minister said he had submitted himself to the police on numerous occasions to assist in investigations, but was confident that the error occasioned by the inclusion of illegitimate names for accreditation might not have come from the state agencies.

"I welcomed the investigations because I was confident any fair investigation was going to establish that I was innocent about these things," he stated.

The suspended deputy minister said he was sure investigations might be winding up by now since the police had not called him again after his last invitation, stressing that he would come out clean at the end of it all.

Outraged by the visa scandal, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo suspended Mr Hadzide, alongside the board chairman of the National Sports Authority (NSA), Kwadwo Baah Agyemang, and its Director General, Robert Sarfo Mensah, for their alleged roles in the scandal. The three government officials were suspended after Australian immigration authorities deported more than 50 Ghanaian with questionable credentials as journalists who were accredited and had travelled to Australia for the games.

“It’s been hard on me but I am still confident of my own innocence so I am able to run around and do what I want to do”, he stated.