The Deputy Chief Executive Officer in charge of Finance and Administration Division at Ghana Export-Import Bank (GEXIM), Kwame Adu-Darkwa faces possible perjury.
He will have a question to answer if Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee (PAC) establishes that he lied under oath over the controversial Shatta-Wale and Agyakoo ambassadorial role.
Following the allegations by a member of PAC, Ras Mubarak that the state-owned bank paid about ¢2 million to dancehall artiste, Charles Nii Armah Mensah Jr. aka Shatta Wale and others as brand ambassadors, the deputy CEO in a sharp rebuttal denied knowledge about the said payments.
Days after public outrage, the Head of Corporate Affairs of the Ghana Exim Bank, Richard Osei Anane in a statement confirmed the existence of one-year brand ambassador contracts between the bank and showbiz personalities Agya Koo and Shatta Wale.
However, Mr Anane in the statement said the figures (¢2million for Shatta Wale and ¢250,000 for Agya Koo) – which have been widely reported as the value of the respective contracts are not accurate.
He also disclosed that the company has already paid 15% of the actual worth of the respective contracts to the personalities.
Speaking to Adom News on the back of the bank’s statement on the controversial deal, Chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee, James Kluste Avedzi said the committee will invite the bank officials again following the admission in the statement confirming existing of such deal between the financial institution and two entertainers.
He, however, stated that if the bank officials confirm the exact content of the statement issued before the committee next hearing will amounts to perjury.
But the ranking Member on the Committee, Kofi Okyere-Agyekum has kicked against the invitation of Exim bank officials for further interrogations on the matter.
He stated that the allegations has not been established by the Auditor General for Parliament to investigate it.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for Fanteakwa, however, accused the minority members on the committee of using ‘public interest questions’ to score political gains.