Agyapa Deal: ASEPA drags Finance Minister, Gabby, Akufo-Addo and others to CHRAJ

Ken Ofori-Atta, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Gabby Asare Otchere Darko
Ken Ofori-Atta, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Gabby Asare Otchere Darko

The Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA) has dragged the Finance Minister Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta, Mr. Gabby Asare Otchere Darko and President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo among others to the  Commission of Human Right and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) over the Agyapa Minerals Royalties Agreement.

According to the Alliance for Social Equity and Public Accountability (ASEPA), the Finance Minister, major shareholder of Databank, Gabby Asare Otchere Darko of Africa Legal & Associates, and President Akufo-Addo and others engaged in Conflict of Interest, Procurement Violations and Tender Rigging hence the need to petition CHRAJ over the matter.

In a statement signed by the Executive Director of ASEPA, Mr. Mensah Thompson said, they believe that the Special Prosecutor Mr. Martin A.B.K Amidu demonstrated astute incompetence when his outfit to have referred the report on the corruption risk assessment to the office of the President.

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“If the OSP has uncovered procurement corruption and conflict of interest in the Agyapa deal what stops the OSP from launching a full scale investigations into the Transaction, find those culpable and prosecute them? But instead INCOMPETENT Martin Amidu referred the report to the President who is also conflicted in this transaction.” They said.

“It is on this note that ASEPA has taken the pain to petition CHRAJ who is also seized with enough powers to investigate these issues to commence a full scale investigations into the Agyapa Deal using the OSP’s Corruption Risk Assesment Report as a lead.”

According to ASEPA, they have therefore furnish CHRAJ with a copy the Special Prosecutor’s report for appropriate action, and pray CHRAJ does a diligent job on the matter.

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BACKGROUND

On 15th October, 2020, the Special Prosecutor Mr. Martin A.B.K Amidu has released a report on Risk of Corruption and Anti-Corruption Assessment in relation to the Gold Royalties monetization Transaction, under the Minerals Income
Investment Act 2018 (ACt 978).

The report outlined some revelations of corruption and conflict of interest against some key individuals in government.

The President of the Republic of Ghana, in a statement signed by the Director of Communications at the Jubilee House Eugene Arhim has instructed the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to return the agreement to Parliament for broader discussions in order to address the concerns raised, principally, by the Minority, about having been given very limited time to subject properly the various Agreements to proper Scrutiny.

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The transaction documents to be resubmitted according to the President’s statement are the Relationship Agreement, the Assignment Agreement, the Allocation Agreement, and the investment Agreement.

The President also directed
that the procurement of the services of the Transaction Advisor(s) should also be
reviewed by the Ministry of Finance and the Attorney General, with the aim of taking all steps that may be necessary to remove any doubts about the integrity of the process.

The Special Prosecutor’s report, according to the National Democratic Congress has vindicated them following their disapproval of the Agyapa Minerals Royalties Agreement in the Legislative House of Parliament.

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Read below, the Special Prosecutor’s full report on the Agyapa Minerals Royalties Agreement

SOURCE: Coverghana.com.gh

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