General News of Wednesday, 6 December 2017
Deputy Chief of Staff, Abu Jinapor, says he has no intentions of suing Kwame Asare Obeng, also known as A Plus over the corruption allegations made against him and his colleague, Francis Asenso Boakye.
Mr. Jinapor said this after the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), also dismissed allegations of corruption against the two following its findings into the alleged wrongdoing.
CHRAJ was petitioned by a group calling itself the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana, after the two had been controversially exonerated by the Criminal Investigations Department [CID].
In September, A Plus took to Facebook to make what critics described as vague allegations against President Nana Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor.
It later emerged that the accusations had to do with the two putting pressure on the CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr. Felix Anyah, to give back an on-site revenue-collection contract at the hospital to UniBank after the same contract had been terminated.
The two had subsequently threatened to sue A Plus over these claims. However, following CHRAJ’s findings, Mr. Jinapor indicated that he was no more interested in pursuing the matter in court.
“I do not think that we need the court to make a pronouncement on our integrity. These two investigative reports in my view settles the matter on that score.”
Mr. Jinapor also indicated that he was not interested in seeking for compensation from A-Plus.
“The second one regarding compensation I am not interested. I believe any lawsuit will be straight forward but I do not want to pursue it. I want to move on with my life”
We’ve been vindicated
CHRAJ was the second body that was tasked to investigate these corruption claims, after the Criminal Investigations Department’s investigation was marred by some controversy.
Mr. Jinapor welcomed CHRAJ’s findings, saying they had been vindicated for the second time.
“I take the view that the combined effect of the CID’s report and CHRAJ’s investigative report has vindicated our reputation and exonerated us in this matter. “
“Whatever it is, it is refreshing to hear about the outcome of the investigations. I am not surprised because from the very onset, I have always known that the entire brouhaha was much ado about nothing. It is refreshing and comforting that CHRAJ which is an independent body has gone into this matter and come out with a petition.”
The Criminal Investigations Department also found the allegations baseless. But that investigation was marred by some controversy after an audio recording said to be a leaked recording of a conversation between the then-Deputy Director of the CID, ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and A-Plus, in which the police officer was heard advising A-Plus to deny the allegations because is a member of the NPP.
ACP Addo-Danquah denied the suggestions of a cover-up and accused A-Plus of doctoring the circulating audio. Observers believed that this audio compromised the integrity of the CID’s probe.
Background to Unibank, Korle bu issues
The onsite banking services at Korle Bu were needed to deal with revenue leaks that had saddled the hospital.
In 2015, six banks were shortlisted to undergo a competitive selection process where Stanbic Bank emerged first and UniBank was fourth.
But when the hospital submitted the names of the two banks to the Controller and Accountant General’s Department for approval, issues were raised about weaknesses in UniBank’s operations in two other hospitals.
Korle Bus still went ahead to sign a MoU appointing UniBank to simultaneously collect revenue in the Hospital with Stanbic Bank.
As the two banks started the onsite banking services, the revenue leaks persisted and the hospital’s management decided to adopt an End-to-End Hospital Revenue Collection Software to integrate and network its operations. Stanbic Bank and UniBank were both requested to submit proposals for an End-to-End Hospital Revenue Collection Software in 2015.
Stanbic Bank successfully presented an efficient software, while UniBank was alleged to have failed to turn up during the two presentation sessions, thus the hospital awarded a contract to Stanbic Bank.
Unibank, however, denied missing the presentation but said it was sidelined by the hospital.
The End-to-End Hospital Revenue Collection Software was also said to be not compatible with the UniBank’s system thus the hospital decided to discontinue the MoU with UniBank in order to enable Stanbic Bank to deploy the new software throughout the entire Hospital.
But this was followed by the hospital rescinding the decision.