The quest by a former government appointee under the erstwhile John Maham led administration to enjoy a VIP treatment was shattered as he was escorted out of the VIP lounge at the Tamale International Airport by an employee.
Mr. Moses Bukari Mabenga, a former Northern regional minister and government envoy to Angola was relaxing in the lobby when to his dismay he was asked to leave.
According to reports, he protested vehemently as he was being ushered out of the VIP lounge which by convention is reserved for some identifiable personalities for the enjoyment special privileges and also avoid other tedious procedures.
Disclosing the unfortunate incident in an interview with Starr FM, he said he was in the lounge with other dignitaries but he was singled out by the worker who said he was acting on orders from above.
He added that attempts by the Minister for Special Development Initiative, Honourable Mavis Hawa Koomson who witnessed the unfolding and embarrassing drama to try and reason with the worker fell on deaf ears as he was bent on carrying out his instructions.
“Since January we’ve been using this place until this morning I got to the place and a young man came to inform me that please you are no more allowed to come and use the VIP lounge, and I asked why and he said orders from above.
“Fortunately for me, I was sitting in the lounge with one of the NPP MPs and also a minister, Hawa Koomson, and I told her ‘look at what your people are doing – they are asking me a former ambassador, minister, an MP not to use the lounge’.
Commenting on the incident, the manager at the Tamale International Airport, Mr. Micheal Omane Mensah denied issuing any such order saying “all former diplomats are allowed to use the VIP. I don’t know where that directive is coming from.”