Anti-corruption crusaders renew campaign

 Mrs Ofori Kwafo

Mrs Ofori Kwafo

Anti-corruption campaigners are worried about the apparent lack of prosecution of persons involved in the ‘Robbing the Assemblies’ scandal, a year after the documentary was aired.

 

They claim that having followed the matter closely, they are surprised nothing has come out of it, however, they are confident the institutions involved will work around the clock to have persons accused of financial impropriety have their day in court or inform the citizenry about the current state.

 

Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII), Linda Ofori-Kwafo said reports suggested the Criminal Investigative Department (CID) of the Police Service has worked on the matter extensively and has sent a docket to the Attorney-General’s Department for prosecutions to begin.

 

“It is not clear why nobody has yet been hauled before the court, something urgent must be done in prosecuting the case and the GII is obviously worried about the matter and I say so because we work very closely and follow investigative journalism”.

 

“They do their work in relation to unearthing alleged corruption and allowing the appropriate institutions to do the investigation and prosecution, we have been following the process for about a year without getting to know exactly what is happening.

 

“The government must inform the citizenry about the current state of the investigations on the matter,” Mrs Ofori-Kwafo stressed.

 

Last year an investigation uncovered how the country’s district assemblies were run aground with contracts, some of which are said to be of dubious validity.

 

In a three piece investigative documentary titled ‘Robbing the Assemblies’ discovered how 11 Jospong companies were single sourced for a ¢98 million fumigation contract in flagrant violation of the procurement law.

 

Joseph Siaw Agyepong, Chief Executive Officer of Jospong Group of companies, was also found out how waste bins contracts awarded to the companies may have been inflated by some ¢130m.

 

The contracts left the Assemblies poorer and filthier because much of the work was not done, even though millions of monies had been paid to the companies.

 

The investigation created a lot of furore with the CID beginning investigations into the matter. –myjoyonline.com

 

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