Anas Aremeyaw Anas - Investigative Journalist
Investigative Journalist Anas Aremeyaw has said his exposé into illegalities during the coronavirus pandemic will also throw light on corruption regarding relief food items meant to be given freely to the needy.
Speaking in an interview after airing his piece titled Corona Quacks which revealed the sales of purported coronavirus cures by some doctors, he also noted that there was more he discovered during his latest investigative work.
The first part of the investigative piece which was released on Monday, June 29, 2020, revealed some allegedly fraudulent herbalists who were vending fake coronavirus cures.
A type of this was the case of the Abdellah Herbal Clinic and COA FS Herbal Centre who had proposed their products as cures for coronavirus.
“The part two [of the coronavirus investigations] will focus on the stealing and I am very sad about part two. These social intervention things that the President took to give to the people of Chorkor and other places, I got a call from my source that food was ready to be sold,” Anas noted.
The government also was committed to feeding vulnerable persons, most notably kayayei, during the partial lockdown of Accra and Kumasi, which had already caused a general economic slowdown.
“[But] there were these guys who brought out this same food that the President has given out to be shared being sold; bags of rice, eggs [etc].”
According to Anas Aremeyaw, the people in question worked from the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).
Adding that for, him, all these happenings during the coronavirus crises “tells you that all of us need to be quite alert.”
The investigative journalist also acknowledged the disappointment of persons who were expecting a much more damning exposé. But he stressed that the impact of such work ought not to be underestimated.
“We are getting to elections and people think you have to drop the name of that big politician. That is fine for their thoughts, but look, in journalism, nothing is small. It is more about impact; how many people does this affect?”