Former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu has accused President Akufo-Addo and the Minister of Finance, Ken Ofori-Atta of masterminding the Agyapa Royalties Agreement.
In a 27-paged letter sighted by JoyNews, the former Special Prosecutor described President Akufo-Addo’s anti-corruption fight as mere rhetoric and further described him as the “mother serpent of corruption”.
As part of many claims made in his letter, Mr Amidu stated that an analysis of the prevention of the risk of corruption and anti-corruption assessment report of the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transaction reveals that the “Ministry of Finance seriously lowered the incentive to corruption as a very low risk enterprise”.
Further to that, paper evidence submitted for the Corruption Risk Assessment shows that the MoF “adopted an opaque procedure that made it the Transaction Advisor using a surrogate foreign company, Imara Corporate Finance of South Africa/Databank as a smokescreen for suspected corruption contrary to law”.
This, Citizen Vigilante claims, was “facilitated by the President who came to power on the wings of fighting corruption only to knowingly turn round to grant an Executive Approval on 24th March 2020 to a request from the Ministry of Finance made on 23rd March 2020 for the commencement of the unaccountable and non-transparent Gold monetization transactions”, thereby “surrendering the Gold patrimony of the Chiefs and people of Ghana to an offshore incorporated Agyapa Royalties Limited of Jersey in the United Kingdom in perpetuity”.
The former Attorney General, further revealed that this was done without “any further Cabinet or Executive Approval”, because from the very onset, the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transaction was tainted by the Ministry of Finance acting under the smokescreen of its surrogates as Transaction Advisor.
He alluded to the fact that MoF submitted the Deal to “Parliament on 13th August 2020 for approval and [was] approved without proper examination contrary to Article 181(5) of the Constitution on 14th August 2020 subject to the President’s assent to the Minerals Income Investment (Amendment) Bill 2020.”
Subsequently, the “rhetorical anti-corruption fighting President” assented to the Bill on August 27 intending for the Bill to take retroactive effect from August 14, approximately 2 weeks prior.
“The rhetorical anti-corruption fighting President who came to power on the wings of the fight against the pandemic of corruption in Ghana intentionally and knowingly assented to the Bill on 27th August 2020 intending it to take retroactive effect from 14th August 2020. This is clearly an act presented as that of an innocent looking flower which is also the serpent under it. A “KIBAKI IS OUR MOSES”?”
Speaking from the stands as an ordinary citizen, Mr Amidu stated emphatically that the entire transaction was drawn up by the President and Ken Ofori-Attah to serve a handful of NPP party aficionados.
“I can now say as a citizen of Ghana on the basis of the Agyapa Royalties Limited Transaction reports that the transaction was suspiciously conceived by the Minister of Finance and the Presidency and implemented to serve only a few persons within the NPP,” he said.
Mr. Amidu’s comments addresses the President’s letter of acceptance of his resignation, which he terms as “fabrications and falsehoods”.
From where Mr Amidu stands, in referring the Agyapa Royalties deal to the Attorney-General (A-G) for review, the President had intended to take Ghanaians for fools, as the appointees named in the transaction would have received political protection from the “partisan Attorney-General”.
“This same President shamefully, with tongue in cheek, realized that the anti-corruption assessment report on his foreign tax heaven incorporated Agyapa Royalties Limited transaction was infested with suspected corruption activity, he turned round to take Ghanaians as fools of short memory by referring the Agyapa Royalties anti-corruption infested transaction to his partisan Attorney-General to review the work of the independent office of the Special Prosecutor so that his appointees are given political protection by the Attorney-General for the suspected commission of corruption and corruption-related offences,” he stated.
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