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Amidu Strikes! …Probes PPA Boss’ ‘Donkomi’ Contracts

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The Office of Special Prosecutor headed by Martin Amidu has begun investigations into alleged acts of corruption by the sacked Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei.

This follows a directive by the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo ordering the Office as well as the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to probe some suspected acts of corruption against the PPA boss.

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Mr. AB Adjei was captured in ‘Contract For Sale’ documentary by freelance investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni in which he is seen allegedly selling government contracts through his own private company Talent Discovery Limited (TDL).

TDL, which was incorporated in June 2017, has won a number of government contracts through restrictive tendering.

The journalist’s undercover encounters with the General Manager of the Company, Thomas Amoah, revealed that the company was selling a ¢22.3 million road contract to K-Drah Enterprise, a fake company Manasseh used for the investigation.

As a result, the president through Eugene Arhin,, the Director of Communications at the Flagstaff House with immediate effect dismissed Mr. AB Adjei, ordering the two anti-graft agencies to take over the invetsiogation.

“President Akufo-Addo has, subsequently, referred the allegations involving conflict of interest to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and those relating to potential acts of corruption to the Office of Special Prosecutor, for their prompt action” it stated.

In the view of Director of Communications, Nana Addo has also notified the Chairperson of the Board of the PPA to ensure that Mr. AB Adjei hands over his office expeditiously to Mr. Frank Mante, the Deputy Chief Executive Officer of the PPA.

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Hours after the order, Mr. Amidu wrote to the former PPA boss inviting him as well as all other persons connected to the matter for questioning.

The letter dated August 22, 2019 signed by Mr. Amidu notes the shareholders and directors of companies allegedly linked to Talent Discovery Limited and B-Molie Enterprise, are to report to the Acting Head of investigations of the Special Prosecutor Office on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10 am.

Mr. Adjei has been asked to report with “all information and documents including relevant minutes of the board relating to this investigation.”

“You are accordingly being invited both as the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority and a Director and Shareholder of the said companies to assist in the investigations pursuance of section 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) and Regulation 10 of the office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018.”

 

Story By Jeffrey De-Graft Johnson

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