GII petitions CHRAJ over suspended PPA boss

A petition has been filed at the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) against suspended Public Procurement Authority (PPA) boss who is already being investigated by the anti-graft body for conflict of interest.

Pro-transparency civil society organization, Ghana Integrity Initiative (GII) wants CHRAJ to find out if Adjei Boateng Adjenim acted criminally in setting up a company, Talent Discovery Ltd, which allegedly sold government contracts.

Despite being incorporated in 2017 after the inauguration of the Akufo-Addo government, the company has won a lot of government contracts including road projects.

But TDL does not execute these contracts but looks for buyers, the documentary by award-winning investigative journalist Manasseh Azure found out in his latest work ‘Contracts for Sale’.

AB Adjenim would recuse himself from the Board whenever TDL was part of companies bidding for a contract.

The President left the PPA Board intact but suspended A.B Adjenim barely 24 hours after the airing of the documentary on JoyNew on August 21, 2019.

Mr Adjei has denied any wrongdoing while his legal team has described the documentary as “normal sensationalism”.

President Akufo-Addo referred his appointee to CHRAJ and the Special Prosecutor for investigations into the allegations of conflict of interest.

Adjenim has met the Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, on August 29, and has also reportedly sent a written response to CHRAJ after the statutory body informed him he was under investigations.

But it has not stopped GII from joining in with a petition stating that the troubled appointee “not only acted criminally and violated the stated provisions of the Constitution…but is most guilty of conflict of interest.”

The petition is signed by Executive Director of GII, Linda Kwafo, who also chairs the Board of the Office of Special Prosecutor.

Dated September 4, the petition read that, “it is abundantly apparent even to the uninitiated that [A.B Adjenim]…did use his public office for private gain”

His alleged actions “clearly” and “blatantly” prohibited by the 1992 constitution, the Code of Conduct for Public Officers and by the Criminal And Other Offences Act of Ghana.

GII presented 14 pieces of evidence to CHRAJ to aid the investigations.