- The Supreme Court has declared that Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, was not involved in a conflict of interest situation with regard to the $2.25 billion Eurobond issued in 2017
-The court presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, reached its decision on Tuesday, May 5, 2020
- The Anin-Yeboah-led 7-member panel noted that it would release the reasons for its decision latest by Wednesday, May 6, 2020
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The Supreme Court (SC) has ruled that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, was not involved in a case of conflict of interest as well as procedural error, with regard to the issuance of the $2.25 billion Eurobond in 2017.
YEN.com.gh understands that the unanimous decision was reached on Tuesday, May 5, 2020, by the seven-member panel of the court.
The SC presided over by the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, went on to say that it would file the reasons behind the ruling by the close of Wednesday, May 6, 2020.
Per a report by graphic.com.gh, the suit was filed in 2018 by the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana (DYMOG).
The Finance Minister was sued along with the Attorney General and the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice [CHRAJ].
DYMOG prayed the SC to interpret Article 284 of the 1992 constitution which states: “a public officer shall not put himself in a position where his personal interest conflicts or is likely to conflict with the performance of the functions of his office.”
The applicants were of the view that Ofori-Atta, in issuing the bond to Franklin Templeton, had put himself in a conflict of interest situation because one of the directors of the US-based investment group, Trevor Trefgarne, is also a director of a company the minister owns.
They also argued that by issuing or overseeing the issuance of the said bonds to Templeton without disclosing his relational interest with a director at Templeton, one Trevor G. Trefgarne, Ofori-Atta has acted in contravention of Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution.
In other news, Ofori Atta has expressed worry about the depreciation of the cedi as the coronavirus continues to affect economies.
According to him, emerging market sentiments have led to a capital flight and the high proportion of local bonds held by non-resident investors which could lead to a strain on Ghana’s foreign reserves.
YEN.com.gh understands that non-resident investors hold about 25% of the local bonds.
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