Normal News of Sunday, 29 December 2019
Scandals have a way of creeping into our news when anything appears peaceful and peaceful and 2019 has experienced its fair share of this kind of.
Do you keep in mind any significant scandals in the 12 months which shook the core of the nation?
Properly, GhanaWeb has compiled some unforgettable types that highlighted in the year and deliver them to you as the yr attracts to an close.
Anas’ ‘galamsey’ exposé
In February 2019 a Presidential Staffer and Secretary to the Inter-Ministerial Committee on unlawful mining (IMCIM), Mr. Charles Cromwell Bissue was captured in an exposé by investigative journalist, Anas Aremeyaw Anas, accepting income to aid clearance for a mining organization with no going by means of because of method.
Several other folks linked to the work of the committee, were being also observed in the online video participating in “facilitating” roles at negotiated costs.
This expose came a shock as the goal of the Inter-Ministerial Committee on illegal mining, as commissioned in March 2017 by Akufo-Addo, was to sanitize artisanal and tiny-scale mining in the place as very well as acquire a roadmap in direction of lifting an indefinite ban on smaller scale mining that lasted about 21 months.
Charles Bissue, in March made the decision to move apart to avail himself for investigations after he had allegedly been accused by Anas Aremeyaw Anas’ Tiger Eye PI documentary on galamsey fraud.
Subsequently, the Criminal Investigations Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Services exonerated Mr. Bissue from allegations of corruption.
Soon after investigations, the CID, in a last report, concluded that Mr Bissue did not circumvent the laid down techniques of the IMCIM to favour ORR Useful resource Enterprise, the corporation at the centre of the incident.
PDS requires around ECG
The Electric power Distribution Companies (PDS) formally took above the electrical power distribution functions from the Electric power Firm of Ghana (ECG) early in the calendar year.
Meralco Consortium, a Pilipino Electrical power Firm gained the bid to get over the operations of ECG is significant shareholder in PDS.
However, govt terminated the concession arrangement with Ability Distribution Companies (PDS) on statements of fraud in August.
Govt stated that documents presented by PDS as a promise for the takeover of the state-owned ability retailing and distribution business have been cast.
An impartial forensic probe into allegations fraud nonetheless exposed there is no proof to recommend any of the entities associated in the offer conspired to defraud the point out.
Ghanaians on social media aired their disappointment around electricity outages following the privatisation of the Electrical power Firm of Ghana, blaming govt for taking absent their issues with ECG and giving them a even worse selection, Electrical power Distribution Expert services Ghana (PDS).
The names of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta and Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Marfo popped up in a fraudulent payment of US$ 1 million to an alleged British isles-centered asset restoration firm known as Kroll Associates.
The fraud was noticed by the Auditor General Department’s report of an audit performed on Ministries and government agencies in 2018.
With this advancement the Auditor-Normal (AG) ordered Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to refund about GH¢5.5 million allegedly paid out to United kingdom based consultancy business M/S Kroll and Associates inside sixty-days, accusing the Senior Minister of having to pay the personal business more than GH¢4 million cedis for no work carried out.
According to the Auditor-General, the Senior Minister did not request parliamentary approval or consult with the Community Procurement Authority just before spending the revenue.
PPA boss’ company busted for promoting govt contracts
In August 2019, investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, launched a documentary on how Chief Executive Officer of the Community Procurement Authority (PPA), A.B Adjei was engaged in the sale of contracts.
Manasseh Azure Awuni has also verified that the enterprise was engaged in advertising contracts. Undercover encounters with the General Supervisor of the Firm, Thomas Amoah, uncovered that the organization was marketing a ¢22.3 million highway contract to K-Drah Business, a faux organization Manasseh made use of for the investigation.
Undercover encounters with the Common Supervisor of the Company, Thomas Amoah, uncovered that the firm was offering a ¢22.3 million road deal to K-Drah Organization, a fake business Manasseh applied for the investigation.
This agreement was awarded to B-Molie Constrained, a organization Mr Amoah mentioned was a sister firm of TDL.
He was nevertheless suspended by the president about these allegations of corruption and conflict of desire.
Akufo-Addo subsequently requested the Fee on Human Legal rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and those relating to probable acts of corruption to the Business of Specific Prosecutor “for their prompt action.”
Investigations from CHRAJ is however to be disclosed.