Kwabena Donkor faces C’ttee over $510m AMERI deal

Kwabena Donkor faces C’ttee over $510m AMERI deal
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Date: 20-10-2017 Time: 01:10:34:pm
Former Power Minister, Kwabena Donkor

The Mines and Energy Committee of Parliament has summoned former Power Minister, Dr Kwabena Donkor over the $510 million AMERI Power deal signed in 2015.

The former Minister is expected to tell the Committee if the previous government’s consent was sought before AMERI Energy assigned the contract to a Turkish company, PPR.

The Friday summon was triggered by an urgent motion filed by the Adansi Asokwa Member Parliament (MP) KT Hammond that called for the rescission of the deal.

The lawmaker seconded the motion moved for the acceptance of the deal last two years.

Adansi Asokwa Member Parliament (MP) KT Hammond

But he has now shifted his position insisting documents available to him point to a possible breach of the contract by the Dubai company.

Related Article: If AMERI deal stinks, go to court – Minority dares Majority

In the motion he explained:

(1) AMERI did not provide fast-track equipment contrary to the agreement. They assigned their interest to a subsidiary known as AMERI Equipment which was registered 13 days after the agreement had been signed with Ghana.

(2) AMERI Equipment (the subsidiary) did not undertake the construction but assigned this to a Turkish Company called PPR without the consent of the government of Ghana as required. 

(3) A Turkish company, PPR, bore all financial risk, raised all capital and was paid with money government of Ghana paid AMERI.

A section of Minority members

But the Minority in Parliament has stated it will resist attempts by the Majority to rescind the deal, insisting the Dubai partner has done nothing wrong.

Minority members of the Mines and Energy Committee boycotted a sitting held on Wednesday to consider Mr KT Hammond’s motion.

Former Deputy Power Minister, John Jinapor has challenged the Majority to head to court if it believes the deal was fraudulent.

“If there is fraud it vitiates the contract. Show us the document [and] we will support [attempts to review the deal],” he told Joy News on Wednesday.

The past government’s energy deal has been the basis for raids conducted at residences of Dr Donkor, Mr Jinapor and a former Technical Director at the Power Ministry.

Already, officials of the Public Utilities and Regulatory Commission (PURC) and Volta River Authority (VRA) have been interrogated over the deal.

Joy News’ Parliamentary Correspondent, Joseph Ackah-Blay reported the Mines Committee will arrange a meeting with officials of AMERI Energy after the session with Dr Donkor.

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