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AMIDU UNDER PRESSURE…TO PROSECUTE CORRUPT OFFICIALS

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Some Ghanaians are mounting pressure on the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to initiate swift action against public officials who are alleged to have misappropriated or mismanaged public resources put under their care while they were in office.

Some Ghanaians are mounting pressure on the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, to initiate swift action against public officials who are alleged to have misappropriated or mismanaged public resources put under their care while they were in office.

 

The group of 13 people that has expressed the need for swift action in a petition to the Special Prosecutor includes two legal practitioners, Frank Afrifa and Kyei Baffour.

According to the group, a forensic audit of some state institutions in 2018 and the Auditor-General’s report covering 2010-2016 uncovered the loss of about GHC402, 046,366.35m to state.

The 13 petitioners particularly do not understand why people who were cited in these clear cases of financial malfeasance, with what appears to be overwhelming evidence against them, should be ‘walking free’ long after the alleged rots in which they are implicated were uncovered.

‘Candidates’ for prosecution

They are, for instance, questioning when legal actions would be taken against George Sipa Yankey, who allegedly misappropriated a sum of GHC39, 488,825.35 while he was the chief executive officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Gas Company Limited.

They also cite Kwadwo Twum Boafo, former Executive Secretary of the Ghana Free Zones Board, under whose watch an amount of GHC 11, 546,880 was reported to have been squandered.

The group in its petition to the Special Prosecutor also cited the alleged loss of a whopping amount of GHC18, 821,660.90 at the Ghana Standard Authority under the watch of George Ben-Crenstil as the Chief Executive, as well as Sedina A. Tamakloe, former Chief Executive of MASLOC who is also alleged to have misappropriated a sum of GHC3, 193,592.

The petitioners further mentioned an amount of GHC285, 561,245.80 that was reported missing through the operations of the Bulk Oil Storage and Transportation Company Ltd (BOST), with fingers pointing at Kingsley K. Awuah Darko, a former Chief Executive of the company, and others.

Urgent action

These and other cases of corruption, the group insists, require urgent legal action by the Office of the Special Prosecutor and other institutions.

“Before your assumption as the Special Prosecutor in April, Ghanaians would always go to bed on empty stomachs that yearn for justice. But, upon your assumption of office–although we are still hungry–there is the hope that we will soon enjoy justice at the end of the tunnel.”

“As Ghanaian citizens, we have every right as enshrined in the 1992 constitution to demand probity and accountability from state officials. And this can only be possible when it is done through outfits with prosecutorial/adjudicatory powers like the Office of the Special Prosecutor,” the petition stated.

According to the petitioners, many Ghanaians seem disappointed and devastated by the fact that they have waited on justice from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) for quite too long and “have seen nothing.”

“We will, however, commend you for the work done so far. Many may not appreciate those steps but forgive us on their behalf. What everyone seeks, even school children, is justice. Suffice to say, let the imprisonment flow.”

“We are cognizant of the fact that your office has received a number of petitions (35) of which 27 have been acknowledged... But, our greatest fear, for now, is not about what the OSP has done but what the OSP isn’t doing. That is, we need to see or hear something from the OSP,” the petitioners added.