Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has identified what he says are inconsistent portions of the statement from the Jubilee House regarding the controversial Agyapa royalties agreement.
Mr. Amidu maintains that clarification is needed for the sake of accuracy and truthfulness.
In his rejoinder to the President’s press statement, Mr. Amidu disclosed that he had politely refused to accept the Finance Minister’s letter presented by the President due to the fact that he could not comment on conclusions and observations of a letter which did not constitute the full report on the deal.
According to him, his decision to reject the letter dated October 16, 2020, but presented to him on November 1, 2020, was to “preserve the independence of this Office as an anti-corruption agency which does not take instructions on the performance of the anti-corruption functions of the Office.
He further justified this by saying, the “reaction to the full report vindicates my caution.”
Mr. Amidu insisted that he had issued his 64-page report risk assessment report to the President, Speaker of Parliament, Majority and Minority Leaders and even the Finance Minister on November 2, 2020, hence, the Finance Minister’s purported reply to the assessment dated November 1, 2020, cannot be in response to the risk assessment report.
“The analysis of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment was completed and signed by the Special Prosecutor on 15th October 2020. The Special Prosecutor in the letter with reference number OSP/SCR/20/12/20 dated 16th October 2020 conveyed the conclusion and observations of the anti-corruption assessment to H.E. the President and the Hon. Minister of Finance as a matter of course before informing the public”, he stated.
Advancing more of his arguments, Mr. Amidu warned that he does not intend to be patronized as the Special Prosecutor as Mr. Eugene Arhin appears to have conveyed by the statement issued under his hand.
He added that, the risk assessment report was professionally analysed and assessed and that the document and facts are real and were not manufactured by his Office.
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor was either seriously intended to prevent and fight corruption or was only intended as a showpiece to be trivialized. The 64-page report must be taken seriously to make corruption a very-risk venture in Ghana”, he concluded.
We’ve been transparent with Agyapa deal – Ofori-Atta replies Special Prosecutor
The Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta insists that his outfit has been transparent with the processes that led to the approval of the controversial Agyapa Royalties Agreement in Parliament.
Ofori-Atta made the argument in a memo in response to a corruption risk assessment report released by the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, on the Agyapa deal.
The report raised red flags against the deal and insisted that a number of processes were deliberately sidestepped.
But Ofori-Atta in the memo to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo insisted that the Attorney General and Parliament gave their blessing to the agreement because of the right processes the deal went through.
“Prior to initiating the Transaction, MoF ensured to undertake all the necessary prerequisite action required by law, from the procurement of transaction advisors, to the submission of transaction documents to the AG and Parliament for their review, input and approval.”
“This Ministry believes that it has been transparent from the onset. Once Government had independently assessed the potential value of the Transaction to Ghana, and Cabinet had approved the policy to monetize future gold royalties to support current developmental projects, MoF included in the 2018 Budget and Economic Policy Statement, Government’s intention to leverage the future wealth of Ghana’s gold resources to support current developmental needs,” Ofori-Atta said in the memo.