Special Prosecutor invites suspended PPA boss, others over corruption claims

General News of Thursday, 22 August 2019

Source: citinewsroom.com

2019-08-22

Martin Amidu, Special Prosecutor

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has invited the suspended Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei for questioning as investigations into corruption allegations made against him begins.

Mr. Adjei, alongside the shareholders and directors of companies allegedly linked to him, Talent Discovery Limited and B-Molie Enterprise, are to report to the Acting Head of investigations of the Special Prosecutor Office on Thursday, August 29, 2019, at 10 am.

In a letter sighted by citinewsroom.com, Mr. Adjei has been asked to report with “all information and documents including relevant minutes of the board relating to this investigation.”

“You are accordingly being invited both as the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority and a Director and Shareholder of the said companies to assist in the investigations pursuance of section 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) and Regulation 10 of the office of the Special Prosecutor (Operations) Regulations, 2018.”

President Nana Akufo-Addo referred Mr. Adjei to the Special Prosecutor following corruption claims allegations levelled against him in an investigative documentary by former Multimedia Journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni, titled “Contracts for Sale”.

The President also referred him to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) because of conflict of interest claims.

In the documentary, Mr. Boateng was accused of establishing Talent Discovery Limited, which won some government contracts through restrictive tendering.

The company was, however, selling the contracts to individuals as revealed by Manasseh Azure Awuni’s investigations which involved meetings recorded with secret cameras.

General Manager of the Company, Thomas Amoah, was captured in these meetings.

Talent Discovery Limited was ready to sell a contract worth GHc22.3 million to a non-existent entity which Manasseh Azure Awuni’s team had made up.

This contract was eventually awarded to B-Molie Limited, a company said to be a sister company of Talent Discovery Limited, according to the documentary, which aired on Joy News.

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