When they first take government, most political leaders frequently target members of an opposition party they believe to be corrupt.
This has been commonplace in Ghana, especially recently. For instance, three important individuals under the current Akufo-Addo administration are being tried for allegedly leading corrupt activities or money laundering, among other things.
They are former COCOBOD CEO Stephen Opuni, who is currently on trial for 27 counts of willfully causing financial loss, including money-laundering, corruption, defrauding by false pretense, and aiding and abetting crime; former MASLOC CEO Sedina Tamakloe, who is currently facing trial over allegations of financial malfeasance and alleged theft of GH 93 million from MASLOC; and, most recently, former Deputy Finance Minister Cassi
All of the aforementioned individuals have entered not guilty pleas.
Similar to this, if given the chance to lead the nation once more, certain National Democratic Congress members have already started to suggest in various contexts which individuals they may pursue criminally for alleged corrupt offenses.
State News produces a list of Akufo-Addo-era figures who might be subject to similar charges if the NDC takes office:
Minister of Health Kwaku Agyeman-Manu
After signing a procurement agreement with the private office of Sheik Al Maktoum and S. L. Global Limited without first receiving approval from Parliament or the board of the Public Procurement Authority in accordance with sections 40 and 41 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003, Kwaku Agyeman Manu was charged by minority members of parliament with breaking the law (Act 673).
In the midst of the pandemic in 2020, the arrangement was for the procurement of the COVID-19 vaccine.
As a result, the minority in parliament claimed that the health minister acted dishonestly in ordering the Sputnik-V vaccines at prices of $19 and $18.5, respectively, whereas the vaccine’s ex-factory price was normally $10, as acknowledged by the minister to the committee in question.
The health minister was forced to cancel the deal in the heat of the moment following repeated attacks from CSOs, including the minority using the hashtag #KwakuAgyemanManuMustGo.
In addition to the aforementioned, one of the most divisive topics surrounding the pandemic was the use of COVID-19 money and the opening of the Frontier Healthcare Services Limited COVID-19 testing facility at the Kotoka International Airport.
Just days before the airport’s reopening, a firm is claimed to have been formed that did quick Covid-19 testing on travelers there.
The minority claimed that President Akufo-close Addo’s friend and business partner Benedict Peters is the proprietor of the company.
Many people think that if the NDC takes office, this issue won’t be allowed to go away.
One individual who has been repeatedly blamed for the current economic suffering in Ghana is the finance minister.
According to allegations, Ken Ofori-Atta mismanaged the economy, which is why the nation is in this predicament.
Another reason why it’s anticipated he’ll face charges is the use of the COVID-19 monies.
According to the minority, he failed to provide a clear account of how the money was spent, including $430 million that the World Bank gave Ghana to fight COVID-19.
Haruna Iddrisu, the Minority Leader, spoke in parliament after the finance minister made a declaration about how government funds were used to combat the COVID-19 Pandemic in May.
“The minister responsible for Finance is only a conduit for releasing the money. But the monies were spent at various MDA’s,” he said.
Regarding Ken Ofori-Atta, the minority has also expressed worry over his bank’s participation in a loan agreement between the government and foreign financial institutions.
According to rumors, data banks advise the government on loan acquisition.
Ken Ofori-Atta is said to control roughly 11% of Data Bank’s shares and to have made about GH39 million in three years via government loans.
As many have referred to it as a conflict of interest, this has drawn intense public scrutiny.
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