The Minister-designate for Railway development, John Peter Amewu has withdrawn a comment he made in 2018 describing former President John Mahama as a ‘con man’.

Mr Amewu who was then the Minister for Lands and Natural Resources told some small-scale miners that Mr Mahama was a con man for failing to honour his promises towards the growth of the mining sector.

But answering questions during his vetting on Wednesday, Mr Amewu said with the benefit of hindsight the words were inappropriate and has since retracted and withdrawn them.

“Mr. Chairman…Yes, it is on record that I have used that word. It was in reaction to a statement that I issued when I was the Lands minister, the implications and the dictate of that word was in a context at the time I was issuing that statement.

“The conman was not directed to what the interpretation might have been made. Of course, it was not an appropriate word to use at the time. In that context, I have withdrawn that word.”

Source: Ghana/