Majority Leader and Member of Parliament(MP) for Suame, Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu has explained the circumstances under which the cake crafted in the words of “E-LEVY” found its way to his 65th birthday party in Kumasi last week.
In videos and pictures that have gone viral on the internet, the green cake seems to have stolen the spotlight of the Parliamentary Affairs Minister’s well attended birthday celebration, which according to him, was supposed to be a “simple family gathering”.
Many a Ghanaian who have watched the videos have described the moment as “insensitive” and “lacking tact” in the present circumstances where the public are skeptical about the proposed electronic transactions levy.
But speaking to the issue in an interview with Kumasi-based Angel FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com on Thursday morning, the honourable Osei Kyei Mensah-Bonsu said he had no hand in how the cake got to his party.
“There was an official cake that was presented by my wife and then two others that were sent in as gifts; a smaller one and the other which has become the topic was sent by a businessman whom I would not mention because of his rumoured affiliation to a certain political party”, he said.
According to him, the man who sent the cake said it was in recognition of his unfettered contribution to ensuring that the controversial e-levy proposal sees the light of day.
“If I was consulted before the cake was made, I wouldn’t agree to have it in that colour because green is not my favourite colour; that is why the official cake had a touch of blue and white”, he explained.
To the Majority Leader, there is no justification for the fuss about the cake because he had no intention to infuriate the public with it.