World Cup Cash Massaged For Cooks

Elvis Afriyie-Ankrah
Brazil 2014 World Cup Events, Grounds and Logistics Committee chairman Horace Ankrah’s inconsistency regarding the fees charged by the caterers hired by Ghana during the global showpiece provoked the anger of chairman of the Commission of Inquiry yesterday.

The disparity in currencies – Cedis and Dollars – against fees charged by one of the catering agencies – Kenkey Boutique – per day, alarmed the Commission’s head Justice Senyo Dzamefe.

Justice Dzamefe inquired why the Commission had Cedis on Kenkey Boutique’s documents against Ankrah’s Dollars as fees for their services.

The witness was not forthcoming with information on why the difference in currencies after several attempts by the Commission to know who changed the signs from Cedis to Dollars.

Thereafter, Justice Dzamefe asked, ‘Kenkey Boutique quoted Cedis, why are you quoting Dollars?

‘You are on oath, don’t play with us! You changed it for Ghana government to pay. Is that what they proposed or you decided? We have a lot of questions for you,’ he said.

Justice Dzamefe’s fury compelled the witness to declare that the ‘Ministry of Youth and Sports changed it.

Horace Ankrah
‘My Lord we presented two scenarios—the first one charging GH¢40.00 a day and the other one GH¢35.00 a day for two brunch meals. But we told Kenkey Boutique charging GH¢34.00 was not realistic,’ said Mr Ankrah.

His answer angered the Commission the more and Justice Dzamefe said: ‘How can you choose somebody who cannot feed the fans?’

The Commission revealed that per the documents at its disposal, Kenkey Boutique presented GH¢34 per day with the breakdown of GH¢10 for breakfast, GH¢12 for lunch and GH¢12 for supper.

However, the witness mentioned that $35 was charged for a day per person.

According to the witness, his committee chose three catering services, namely, Amber Food Services, Kenkey Boutique and Munics Foods, out of eight applicants.

Justice Dzamefe however ended the session on a lighter note saying, ‘Mr Ankrah smile’.

By Kofi Owusu Aduonum

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