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According to Auditor-General, top judges paid as little as GH7,509 for auction cars.

19 former and current judges of Ghana’s higher courts have received citations from the Auditor General for purchasing state vehicles in violation of Regulation 158 of the Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019. (L.I. 2378).

According to the aforementioned law’s Regulation 158, the Principal Spending Officer of a covered entity is required to obtain the Minister’s prior written consent before transferring, exchanging, selling, donating, providing a contribution in kind, placing a vehicle in trust, or making any other type of vehicle disposal.

Additionally, it states that any disposition, lease, or other activity referred to in Sub-regulation 1 that is made without the Minister’s express consent is null and invalid.

The vehicles were “auctioned by the Service for GH1,023,507.96 without clearance from the Minister of Finance,” according to the 2021 Auditor-report. General’s

Recently retired Supreme Court Justices Yaw Appau, E.K. Mensah, and Julius Ansah were among the justices who were found guilty of violating the statute for having obtained state-owned automobiles in violation of the rules set forth in this law.

The Auditor-General wants the vehicles returned and has suggested to the justices that the judges annul the vehicle sale.

β€œIn the absence of approval from the Minister for Finance, we recommended that the auction should be nullified, and the vehicles recovered,” the report stated.

See the relevant portion of the report below:

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