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FULL LIST: The 21 persons being prosecuted for alleged corruption under Mahama

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President Akufo-Addo’s government has come under stern scrutiny in the past few weeks over its perceived failure to prosecute officials of the Mahama administration for alleged cases of corruption. 

The President, in the lead up to the 2016 election campaigned forcefully on corruption and pledged to prosecute government officials at the time whom he accused of being corrupt. 

Allaying the fears of Ghanaians and responding to his critics at the 2019 Bar Conference in Takoradi on Monday, President Akufo-Addo disclosed that 21 appointees of the erstwhile Mahama administration are currently being prosecuted. 

ABC News can establish that the President also noted that more of such prosecutions will be seen in the coming weeks as relevant agencies continue to investigate several more allegations of corruption. 

ABC News has researched into the various cases referred to by the President at the Bar Conference and provides details of the cases and individuals who are currently on trial. 

National Communications Authority scandal

ABC News’ checks reveal that 5 persons are being prosecuted in relation to the NCA scandal. They include the Former Board Chairman Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, Director-General William Tetteh-Tevie, Deputy National Security Advisor Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman and a Board Member, Nana Owusu Ensaw as well businessman George Dereck Oppong. 

The 5, who have been put before an Accra High Court, have been charged with causing financial loss to the state contrary to section 23(1) and section 179(3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960, Act 29, among other charges, in the purchase of Pegasus equipment. 

The $4 million, according to the prosecution, was meant for the purchase of the Pegasus equipment for counter-terrorism, and the statement, which was read by the Detective Chief Inspector Michael Nkrumah in court, showed how the accused persons allegedly shared the money. 

The 5 allegedly conspired to divert and share amongst themselves $4 million out of $8 million meant for the purchase of a ‘spying and phone tapping’ equipment for the National Security Secretariat. $1.5 million is further alleged to have been distributed to board members of the NCA out of the $4 million that went into private accounts. 

COCOBOD saga 

The State has preferred 27 charges against former COCOBOD CEO Stephen Opuni and businessman Seidu Agongo.

The Former CEO of COCOBOD is accused of aiding Seidu Agongo of Agricult Ghana Limited to defraud the COCOBOD between 2014 and 2016. According to Prosecutors, the Dr Opuni allegedly abetted Seidu Agongo to defraud the COCOBOD of GHC43, 120, 000 between January 2014 to November 2015; Between November 2014 to November 2015, the two again defrauded COCOBOD of about GHC75, 289, 314; whiles between October 2015 and March 2016, COCOBOD lost Gh?98,935,974 due to fraud allegedly perpetrated by Seidu Agongo and aided by the then CEO, Dr Stepohen Opuni. 

ABC News has gathered that the State prosecutors allege that Seidu Agongo deliberately misled COCOBOD into believing that he could supply Lithovit Foliar Fertilizer from Germany for application by farmers on cocoa for the 2014/2015 cocoa season knowing his presentation was false. 

In addition to being charged with willfully causing financial loss to the state, the two have been dragged to Court on the basis that Dr Opuni breached Public Procurement Act processes in the award of the contract to Seidu Agongo. 

SSNIT OBS system 

Charges of willfully causing financial loss to the State, defrauding by false pretense, contravention of Public Procurement Act, possession of forged documents, authoring forged documents among others have been allegedly brought against former Director General (DG) of the Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT), Ernest Thompson and John Hagan Mensah, former OBS project manager; Caleb Kweku Afaglo, former Head of Information Technology (IT) Department and Chief Executive Officer of Perfect Business Systems (PBS), Juliet Hasana Kramah, who was contracted for the project and Peter Hayibor, former General Counsel of SSNIT. 

The five have been dragged to court over the controversial Operations Business Suite (OBS) software scandal which was brought in at the time to help integrate the operations of the branches and the head office unto a seamless platform for improved communication and interactions.

The contract, signed in 2012 cost SSNIT $34 million but by the completion of the project, an amount of $32 million and GHC36 million had been incurred in addition bringing the total sum to $66.8 million paid to PBS with the potential to rise to $72 million. 

MASLOC Saga 

Former Chief Executive Officer of the Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC), Sedina Christine Tamakloe Attionu, and the former Operations Manager of MASLOC, Daniel Axim are alleged to have diverted funds meant for sensitisation events across the country into private accounts. They are also alleged to have diverted and shared GHC500, 000 meant for investment purposes. 

The State has preferred against them eighty (80) counts of Stealing, Causing Financial Loss to the State, Causing Loss to Public Property, Improper Payment of Public Funds, Unauthorised Commitment Resulting in Financial Obligation for the Government, Money Laundering and Contravention of the Public Procurement Act. 

Per the information chanced upon by ABC News, Count one (1) to thirty-five (35) are on charges of Stealing and Conspiracy to Commit Crime namely Stealing contrary to section 23(1) and 124(1) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29). Count thirty-six (36) to sixty-eight (68), are on Causing Financial Loss to the State, Wilfully Causing Financial to the State and Conspiracy to Commit Crime namely Wilfully Causing Financial to the State all of which are contrary to section 23(1) and 179A (3)(a) of the Criminal Offences Act 1960 (Act 29). Counts seventy (70) and seventy-one (71) bother on Causing Loss to Public Property, contrary to section 2 of the Public Property Protection Act 1977 (SMCD 140). 

In addition, counts seventy-two (72) and seventy-three (73) has the statement of offense captured as Improper Payment of Public Funds contrary to section 96(1)(c) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921). Count seventy-four charges the first accused person, Sedina Christine Tamakloe Attionu, with Unauthorised Commitment, Resulting in Financial Obligation for the Government contrary to section 96(1)(a) of the Public Financial Management Act, 2016 (Act 921). Count seventy-five (75) to seventy-eight (78) prefer charges of Money Laundering contrary to section 1(1)(c) of Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (Act 749) and finally count seventy-nine (79) and eighty (80) bother on the charge of Contravention of the Public Procurement Act contrary to section 92(1), and 40(1)(a) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663).

Venture Capital case 

Former Venture Capital CEO Daniel Duku and 5 others of the Venture Capital Trust Fund have been accused of causing financial loss of GH¢42.8 million to the State forming the basis for their prosecution by Government. 

In total, they have been charged with 86 counts of wilfully causing financial loss to the State, abetment of crime, stealing, defrauding by false pretenses and issuing fake cheques. 

Former NDC MP for Keta and Board member, Richard Agbenyefia, Irene Anti-Mensah, Executive Assistant to Duku and also Investment Officer, Kofi Sarpong also an Investment Officer, Frank Aboagye Mensah, businessman and husband of Irene Anti-Mensah and Charity Opoku also known as Charity Ameyaw, Accountant at Venture Capital Trust Fund are the other 5 that make up the 6 people the State has dragged to Court in relation to the saga. 

ABC News has gathered that per the facts presented in Court, the Attorney General accused the 6 persons of allegedly using the names of a number of companies belonging to other persons to obtain loans without the knowledge, permission and consent of the owners. 

All of these cases, ABC News has profiled are at different stages of prosecution, thus, it is unclear when judgement will be read and guilty persons convicted.

Source: abcnewsgh.com

Emmanuel Konam is a writer, public speaker and a practicing nurse. Reach me on via email emmanuel.konam@gmail.com

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I respect Otumfuo, recent happenings won’t destroy our relationship – Mahama

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Former President John Mahama is unhappy about the apparent slant given to his recent statement reacting to a speech delivered by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II at the UN General Assembly meeting.

Mr. Mahama said the statement by his former Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on the speech was “intended to simply clarify that I never had the slightest intention of seeking to hang on to power unconstitutionally, as some media houses sought to infer from Otumfuo’s speech at the UN.”

The Asantehene while addressing the UN meeting said, “At the conclusion of the last Presidential and Parliamentary elections the country stood on the edge of disaster. The UN Representatives and the Diplomatic community were aghast alarmed that Ghana was about to slip down the slope of electoral violence. Fortunately, the moral authority of the Palace was at hand. We were able to intervene to persuade the losing candidate to accept his fate and fly both candidates for a quiet encounter to pave way for a smooth handover.”

The comment went viral with many taking a swipe at former President Mahama for reportedly trying to hold on to power despite the massive loss in the 2016 general elections.

Julius Debrah, however reacted to the matter in a statement saying that Otumfuo’s comment was untrue. He insisted that John Mahama was not persuaded to leave office as it was alleged.

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) among other individual members have also responded to the matter in a what some members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) says is disrespectful to the Asantehene.

But John Mahama in a recent post on the his Facebook wall said he finds the ensuing discourse on the matter “very disturbing” as it seem to be going in a way that will mar the relationship between himself and Asantehene.

“The recent statement from my office was meant to shed more light on the events surrounding the 2016 poll and not to disparage Otumfuo’s efforts at promoting national peace and unity. I therefore find the language and commentary in the ensuing public discourse very disturbing,” he said.

The former president, who is seeking to return to power in 2020 said, “I have profound respect for Otumfuo and Asanteman and will not allow this issue to mar our long standing cordial relationship.”

He added that he will take the necessary steps to “bring closure” on the matter when Otumfuo returns to Ghana.

Source: citinewsroom.com

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Sagnarigu: No jobs: Hungry NPP group, ‘Eagle Eye’ vandalises party office (Video)

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A group of aggrieved New Patriotic Party (NPP) youth in the Sagnarigu constituency of the Northern region calling itself the ‘Eagle Eye’ has vandalised the party’s office at Katara over what it says is neglect from the party and unemployment.

The group, which stormed the party’s office in the early hours of Saturday, destroyed documents, billboard and other property of the party.

Speaking in an interview with Adom News, some of the angry youth disclosed the party had neglected them leaving them unemployed after they helped the party win power.

“This morning’s protest is to send signals to the party regional and national executives; if they fail to come to our aid, none of us will also help or support them in the 2020 general election,” the group warned.

The group further alleged that its application to be officials of the National Identification Authority for the ongoing Ghana Card registration was turned down by the executives who have now recruited people from other parts of the region.

Watch video below:

Source: Adomonline.com|Adom News|Illiasu Abdul Rauf

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Nana Addo’s appointees lack the conscience to accept responsibility – Okudjeto Ablakwa

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MP,North Tongu, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa

Member of Parliament for North Tongu and former Deputy Minister for Education in the erstwhile Mahama government has bemoaned the incessant corruption scandals that keeps hitting the country and the lack of leadership to address it.

Commenting on the Education Minister’s claim that Former President Mahama deliberately bused people to the Independence Square to sabotage the school placement system, Okudjeto Ablakwa said the Minister’s comments are a clear indication of arrogance and lack of respect to the people of Ghana.

“When leaders do not have the humility, the conscience and the respect for the people to take responsibility, then we know we are doomed” he wrote in a post on social media.

Dr. Matthew Opoku-Prempeh, Minister for Education on Tuesday mentioned that some persons who hate the Free SHS policy had deliberately bused people to the Independence Square to sabotage the school placement system.

According to the Minister, the aim of such unscrupulous people is to make the President and the NPP government unpopular for introducing the Free SHS policy.

“Some people are bent on destroying government’s free SHS policy but it won’t work. Unscrupulous selfish persons wanting to drag the name of the government in the mud are behind chaos at Independence Square.”

In a response to these claims by the Education Minister, Okudjeto Ablakwa said “President Mahama procured the new dubious CSSPS software 3 months ago, President Mahama removed all the experienced technocrats from the CSSPS Secretariat, President Mahama dissolved the Technical Working Committee that supervises the CSSPS Secretariat, President Mahama chose the Black Star Square as the CSSPS Solution Centre, then of course President Mahama bused thousands of Ghanaians to the Black Star Square, President Mahama continued with his sabotage by contracting adult and child actors to pretend they had collapsed, President Mahama then arranged ambulances to rush to the Black Star Square to convey his actors to hospitals where President Mahama had already conspired with hospital managers, doctors and nurses to receive his actors and confirm to the media who had also been positioned by President Mahama that indeed President Mahama’s actors had collapsed and truly require medical attention.

As our fascinating younger Ghanaians will say: JM you do all!!!

When leaders do not have the humility, the conscience and the respect for the people to take responsibility, then we know we are doomed.”

Source: The Ghana Report

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NDC sues EC over voters’ register

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Electoral Commissioner, Madam Jane Mensah

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) has sued the Electoral Commission over the failure of the commission to provide the party a copy of the 2019 voters register.

The voter’s exhibition exercise started on September 10, 2019 and was expected to end on September 17, 2019 but it was extended to September 20 by the Electoral Commission.

Addressing a Press Conference, the National Chairman of the NDC, Samuel Ofosu Amposfo said a day to the end of the exercise the opposition party is yet to receive a copy.

He alleged that the governing NPP has already been provided with a copy of the register.

The exercise is meant to clean the register ahead of the upcoming referendum on the participation of political parties in district level elections, which will be an opportunity for the about 17 million registered voters to authenticate their details in the register.

It will also be a means to rid the register of unqualified people who got registered between 2012 and this year.

The exercise has generally been characterised by a low turnout in various constituencies across the country.

The picture is not far from the 2015 Exhibition Exercise, which some attributed to low publicity on the part of the Electoral Commission.

Some voters said they voted in the last elections and did not see the need to check their names again because they believe their names are in the register.

Source: Starrfm.com.gh

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