Minister for Roads and Highways Alhaji Inusah Fuseini has sued the Daily Guide newspaper for defamation after the publication ran a story alleging the Minister paid ‘dancehall king’ Shatta Wale Ghc 80,000 to perform at his campaign launch a fortnight ago.
The story, which was a massive one when it broke, was almost instantly denied by the Minister, who is also MP for Tamale Central and is standing for re-election. He threatened legal action against the newspaper, a process which has now been set in motion.
Aside the story, a separate cartoon printed by the paper mocking the Minister is also being held as defamatory by his lawyers.
The MP is seeking Ghc 4,000 in damages, a retraction and apology to be granted the same prominence as the initial publication, cost of legal fees – as well as a perpetual injunction on the defendants from publishing anymore the defamatory words.