Senior minister Osafo Maafo surcharged $1m over foreign contract

Senior minister Osafo Maafo surcharged $1m over foreign contract

The Senior Minister Yaw Osafo-Maafo has been charged over $1 million for entering into an agreement with a foreign company without following due process.

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According to the Auditor-General Daniel, Yao Domelevo, Osafo-Maafo has less than 60 days to go to court to seek an order setting aside his directive.

The Auditor-General said the senior minister's responses to his queries over a government contract with Kroll Associates UK were not satisfactory enough.

The senior minister, in 2017, contracted the services of Kroll Associated, UK Ltd, using a single-source procurement process, which according to Ghana’s 1992 Constitution, was not supposed to be so, but rather go through parliamentary approval.

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The Auditor-General further explained that by September 2018, over $1 million equivalent to ¢4.86 million was made to the company as full payment for services it had not rendered.

However, a letter from the senior minister indicated some examples of asset-tracing work done and also refused to reveal others, explaining they were “classified security matters.”

The Auditor-Generall questioned the validity of a letter from the senior minister to show the contract had approval from the Public Procurement Authority (PPA).

The supposed letter showed approval was given by PPA management to the National Security Secretariat and not the senior minister who entered into the agreement on behalf of the government.

The Auditor-General explained that the contract was signed on September 26, 2017, but the purported approval came November 14, 2017.

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In other news, the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has launched an investigation into alleged procurement breaches reported to have taken place at the Ghana Audit Service.

A complaint was lodged by a private citizen at EOCO against the Auditor General, Daniel Yao Domelevo; the Deputy Auditor General (Finance and Administration), Roberta Assiamah-Appiah, and the Audit Service Board.

According to Daily Graphic reports, they were being accused of sidestepping the procurement laws to purchase some vehicles for the Audit Service.

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