General News of Saturday, 30 December 2017
Ashanti Regional Youth Organiser of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Brogya Genfi has disclosed that the outcome of a complaint filed against the Finance Minister over the infamous US$ 2.25 billion bond in March this year at the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) means victory to him.
In an exclusive interview with mynewsgh.com, he said what he sought has been achieved and the investigations to a large extent means he has secured victory over Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta.
Brongya Genfi who declined further comment when pushed further said :”My brother I am a happy man because I have been vindicated that there were actually breaches in the issuance of the US$ 2.25 billion bond.
It would be recalled that Mr. Genfi in March petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the bond on grounds that the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori Atta, had attempted to “promote a personal interest for himself, as well as family and friends, which interfered with the objective exercise of his duties.”
A 17-paged letter from the Attorney General’s office, signed by the Deputy Attorney General, Godfred Dame, however rubbished these claims, insisting that “there is no evidence of any act or omission on the part of either the Ministry or the Minister supporting an allegation of participation in a business transaction or activity for the benefit of friends or family.”
It further clarified that “neither did the personal interests of either the Ministry of Finance or the Minister for Finance interfere with the performance of their duties and functions.”
“To the extent that the allegations made by the petitioner had the real tendency to negatively taint an otherwise highly successful financial exercise of great import by the Government of Ghana, we deem the petitioner’s allegations as very deplorable, since same are clearly anchored on blatant falsehoods and manifest unfamiliarity with the regulations and procedure for the issue of Government of Ghana Bonds. We pray for the petition to be dismissed as grossly unmeritorious and frivolous,” the letter said.
CHRAJ in its findings, stated that although it found no concrete evidence on conflict of interest against the Minister, he [Ken Ofori-Atta] breached several procedures.
Meanwhile, the petitioner in a statement has revealed that he is studying the document with is lawyers and will speak to the matter publicly later.
“I am currently studying the 140-paged report with my lawyers and will speak to the general public in due course”
Read full text of his first statement after CHRAJ delivered its verdict
This is to inform the general public that l, on Friday 22nd December 2017, received an official copy of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice’s (CHRAJ) report on my petition against the conduct of the Finance Minister in the $2.25billion Bond scandal.
I am currently studying the 140-paged report with my lawyers and will speak to the general public in due course.
However, contrary to media reportage that the Finance Minister has been exonerated of wrongdoing, the evidence so far indicts him of several illegalities which constitute enough grounds for his removal from office.
I commend CHRAJ for a meticulous work done. Again, my gratitude goes to the media and all the people who stood by me through this 8-month struggle.
The coming days promise to be interesting.
Yaw Brogya Genfi