Mahama appointees to face court over botched $200m Saglemi Housing deal


Former appointees in the John Mahama administration, involved in the botched 5,000 Saglemi housing project, will soon face criminal prosecution, according to Works and Housing Minister, Samuel Attah-Akyea.

The Minister said government will begin the legal process after it receives report of a full blown value for money audit to ascertain the extent of embezzlement.

Work on the project has stalled after the Akufo-Addo-led government ordered probe into alleged infractions in the $200 million project, which is located in Ghana’s capital, Accra.

Responding to some questions on the floor of Parliament, Attah-Akyea, however, assured that civil action will be pursued to recover monies lost to the state.

“At the moment, the Ghana Institute of Surveyors are engaged in a value for money audit. Their findings will indicate the extent of embezzlement of state resources, via the vehicle of affordable housing delivery. All the abusers of the law will be arraigned before a court of competent jurisdiction to answer criminal charges.

“Civil actions shall be used to recover all monies belonging to the state…The audit will also project how much money is required to complete the housing project,” Attah-Akyea, who doubles as MP for Abuakwa South, addressed Parliament on Thursday, June 4, 2020.

The 5,000 housing unit facility was started by the Mahama administration in 2012. However, the project was stalled for three years following the controversial allegations.

The immediate past Deputy Works and Housing Minister Samson Ahi has fought off claims the Mahama government failed to do due diligence on the project.

By Jonathan Ofori, Daily Mail GH

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