Over the weekend, there were circulating rumours that dance hall artiste Shatta Wale was paid a huge sum of money for his whirlwind performance at the campaign launch of MP Tamale Central, Alhaji Inusah Fuseini. It was also reported that the MP was attacked by ‘Aluta boys’ in the area, who condemned him for dishing out the huge sum to the artiste.
The ‘kakai’ hitmaker over the weekend, lit Tamale up with his usual showstopping performance, together with famous Tamale based artiste Fancy Gadam. His performance for the NDC man, coupled with his well known ‘Mahama paper’ song, fuelled rumours that the performance was some kind of endorsement for the ruling party.
The Daily Guide had reported that Shatta initially requested to be paid Ghc200,000, whiles the MP was only ready to pay Ghc80,000. The report continued that the self acclaimed dancehall king later agreed to perform for Ghc150,000. Furthermore, the newspaper report published Monday, said that the MP’s act had angered a vigilante group (aluta boys), who seized one of the MP’s campaign vehicles with registration number GN3625-14.
The boys were reportedly angry that despite worrying unemployment levels, the minister could pay such a huge amount for a few hours’ performance.
Also in a Daily Guide interview, some Tamale residents also expressed their disappointment with the MP. They condemned him for allegedly wasting the huge amount of money on the musician, considering the endemic poverty in that part of the country. Alhaji Fuseini and his team were also reported to have kept mute, despite the raging criticisms and accusations, as well as several attempts to get them to react.
Inusah Fuseini Didn’t Pay Shatta Wale to Perform
However, in a recent development, MP Inusah Fuseini who is also the Roads and Highways Minister, has rejected claims that he paid Shatta Wale the outrageous amount to perform at his campaign launch. According to him, the impounded vehicle is owned by his constituency chairman. The MP has also explained that the vehicle was impounded two days before the campaign launch, and had no connection to his launch on that day.
Also, an aide to Minister Hamza Suhuyini, has explained that reports that he paid the musician 150k for his performance, are mere fabrications. Speaking to Joy News, he said that Alhaji Fuseini is considering a legal action against the Daily Guide Newspaper which carried the story. He expressed disappointment that the newspaper failed to get the side Shatta Wale or the Minister, before reporting the news.