September 24, 2018

The honourable Member of Parliament for the Ningo-Prampram, Samuel Nartey George has alleged that government’s decision to award contract to StarTimes for the expansion of digital terrestrial TV space, is aimed at safeguarding the billions of dollars in loans from China.

Sam George who is a Member of the Communications Committee of Parliament wondered why the current administration through the Ministry of Communications is eager to deal with the same Chinese firm which failed to deliver the same contract it was awarded in 2012 leading to its abrogation in 2014 by the former government.

The MP noted that the failure of StarTimes to deliver the contract partly contributed to Ghana’s inability to migrate fully from analogue to digital television broadcasting.

He revealed that StarTimes proceeded to seek arbitration at London-based International Court of Arbitration after failed in a law suit against the government of Ghana at the High Court as well as the Supreme Court for claims following the abrogation of the contract.

According to the lawmaker, the current government, in its quest to remain in the good books of China for loans ended the arbitration process even though Ghana had a solid case.

Mr Samuel Nartey George gave these disclosure on Accra based Joy fm Wednesday.

By Christian Kpesese/