- Mahama said those who looted money from the deal should quickly return it
- The NDC presidential candidate made the disclosure during a campaign event in Ashanti Region
- Martin Amidu says there’s suspicion of bid-rigging and corruption in the deal
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The presidential candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama, has vowed to implement to the letter the Special Prosecutor’s recommendations on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
Addressing supporters of the largest opposition party during his campaign tour of the Ashanti Region, Mahama said the recommendations from the controversial corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the deal will be implemented fully when elected as the president of Ghana in the upcoming general elections.
Ghana’s general elections have been scheduled for Monday, December 7, 2020.
“They are trying to offload Ghana's mining royalties through a shady deal called Agyapa and when we complained, they decided to hold on. But now what we are being told is that the President has directed that the deal be taken back to parliament and I know they will not succeed,” Mahama said.
He added: “Because the NDC is going to win this election and immediately after the victory, those people who have looted money from Agyapa should quickly return our money. Otherwise, we will work with the recommendations of the special prosecutor.”
The former special prosecutor, Martin Amidu, earlier this month submitted his corruption and anti-corruption risk assessment report on the Agyapa deal to President Nana Akufo-Addo.
According to the report, there was reasonable suspicion of “bid-rigging and corruption” activity as well as the likelihood for “illicit financial flows and money laundering” in selecting the deal’s transaction advisor(s).
Amidu resigned from the post days after authoring the report, citing threats on his life and a series of traumatic experiences.
President Akufo-Addo ordered the finance minister, Ken Ofori-Atta to send the deal back to Parliament for the approval process to commence all over again in the interest of transparency and accountability.
Yen.com.gh earlier reported Mahama’s resumption to campaign after a week’s break to mourn the passing of Ghana’s former President, Jerry John Rawlings.
Rawlings died at the Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital on Thursday, November 12, 2020.
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