Manasseh Azure has commended the President of Ghana for his handling of the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) Adjenim Boateng Adjei from the fallouts of the “Contract for Sale” investigative documentary
According to him, the President has been swift in the handling of the issue and also acted upon recommendations made by CHRAJ and that must be commended by all.
He indicated that the President has done his part with the issue and its time for State Institutions which are involved to also do their part in the fight.
Manasseh Azure used the opportunity to appeal to the President to force the Attorney General’s office to prosecute the Zoom Lion case because it caused the state some huge amounts of money.
“I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the President to prevail on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to prosecute the fumigation scandal. More than 200 million cedis was found to have been paid to Zoomlion and it’s sister companies without evidence of work done. Those who awarded the contract could not provide any justification for paying the money.”
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I want to commend President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo highly for the actions he has taken on the “Contract for Sale” investigative documentary since I aired it last year.When he referred the matter to the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) and the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), I commended him.
I was convinced that he was forthright on the matter, judging from the agencies he referred the matter to. It wasn’t the usual suspicious avenues the political class use if they want someone cleared. The President has also swiftly acted on the CHRAJ report and that is also very commendable.
I disagree with those who say the president should have referred the matter to the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO). CHRAJ has done that and there’s no need. The president has done his part and we need to put pressure on the other state institutions and public officials to also do their work.
Martin Amidu and his office should tell us what they have been up to. EOCO should also let us know what it finds.I want to use this opportunity to appeal to the President to prevail on the Minister of Justice and Attorney General to prosecute the fumigation scandal. More than 200 million cedis was found to have been paid to Zoomlion and it’s sister companies without evidence of work done. Those who awarded the contract could not provide any justification for paying the money.
The police submitted a docket to the Attorney General over a year ago, but nothing has happened.
Through an appeal from the Auditor General, I worked with the police and I know that a first year law student can secure conviction with the enormous evidence that has been built into the docket.
On this matter, I also want to commend CHRAJ for doing such a thorough job.
The Media Foundation for West Africa (MFWA) and the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), which funded the investigation deserve an appreciative mention.
Signed:Manasseh Azure Awuni, October 31, 2020.
Source: MyNewsGh.com/ Ayeh Offei-Akoto/2020