Chairman of Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee is calling on the Office of Special Prosecutor and CHRAJ to speed up investigations into the alleged sale of contracts by former CEO of the Public Procurement Authority.
James Klutse Avedzi told Joy News after the sitting that the delay in completing the investigation involving, Adjenim Boateng Adjei is negatively impacting confidence in the institution.
“The answers provided us by the current CEO at the sitting is in order as it confirms what we heard in the public [about ‘Contracts for sale’]…it is not good that investigation has still not be finished,” he said.
He said he expected investigations to have been completed in six months but considering that it has taken a year, “we should be expecting the report so that the former CEO will either be let go or prosecuted.”
In August last year, a documentary by investigative journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni revealed the CEO formed a company Talent Discovery Limited in 2017 after his appointment as head of the Authority.
The company after winning contracts through restrictive tendering processes allegedly further sells it to the highest bidder.
After the broadcast of the documentary, President Akufo-Addo directed the suspension of the CEO and referred the case to CHRAJ and the OSP for investigation.
More than a year on, the outcome of the investigation is yet to become public.
When officials of the authority appeared before Parliament’s Public Accounts Committee on Thursday morning to respond to audit queries in the 2017 Auditor General’s report, they were led by Acting CEO Frank Mantey.
Mr Avedzi who was asked about the scandal said it does not speak well of the Public Procurement Authority.
“People will still be thinking that the organisation which is supposed to manage the procurement is itself involved in selling contracts then, where is the trust in expecting them to do what they are mandated to do?” he said.
“Continuous delay i this kind of the issues does not do government of the day, the institution involved and the security agencies any good. I am not sure it is being done intentionally then it is good,” he said.