The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) says it has begun an initial assessment of a conflict of interest petition against Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta and former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry Charles Adu Boahen.
According to CHRAJ Boss, Joseph Whittal, the process is to establish the merits of the petition brought before it by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
“The petition is accompanied with documents, documentary evidence, and also a pen drive which is said to contain something from the Galamsey Economy exposé. So the Commission is currently going through it, assessing within the requirements of our regulations”, Citi News quoted Whittal as saying.
Anas claims in his documents submitted to CHRAJ that Mr. Adu Boahen and his former boss had engaged in a conflict of interest in using their enterprise to purchase government bonds while performing their duties as public officials.
The former government appointee has already been sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo after allegations that he demanded some monies to facilitate a meeting between undercover investigators disguised as investors and Vice President, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia.
Per Tiger Eye PI investigations, Mr. Boahen said Bawumia could be paid $200,000 as an appearance fee for investors. This is in addition to positions offered to the Vice President’s siblings – a claim the dismissed Minister of State has denied.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor has also commenced investigations into the same corruption allegations levelled against Charles Adu Boahen in the exposé after President Akufo-Addo’s referral of the matter to the Office.
Finance Minister, Ken Ofori- Atta when he appeared before the ad-hoc committee hearing a vote of censure against him denied being embroiled in a conflict of interest given the allegations by the Minority that his company, Databank Limited have been benefitting from transactions on government bond issuance.
Mr. Ofori-Atta said the proponents’ allegations do not have “weight for censure”.
Black Star Brokerage, owned by Charles Adu Boahen, has also been named as one of the firms playing the role of financial advisors to government transactions.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH