High Court discontinues Osafo Maafo’s Kroll payment case against Domelevo

A High Court Judge, Justice Doreen Boakye Adjei, has discontinued the case between the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo and the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelovo. According to her, the Chief Justice, Justice Anin Yeboah, has requested for the docket of the case. The court did not give reasons why the Chief Justice requested for the docket. In delivering the information to the parties involved, she said a petition has been written but she was not ready to know whoever wrote the petition. She added, counsel for the parties should contact the Court Manager for more information on the matter. The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, is appealing against a surcharge and has also filed a contempt case against the Auditor-General. The Senior Minister and four other persons from the Ministry of Finance filed a case a against the Auditor-General, Yaw Domelevo for what the Auditor-General described as breaches of the Procurement Act that he reported to have led to the payment 1 million dollars to a UK private firm, Kroll and Associates. According to the Auditor-General, Kroll and Associates was paid monies for no work done after the Senior Minister failed to provide evidence of any work done by the firm. The Auditor-General further recommended for the payment of the one million dollars to be disallowed which was paid by the Ministry of Finance to Kroll and Associates Limited in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers, among others, without verifying outcomes. This led to the the Auditor-General surcharging the Senior Minister and four other officers of the Ministry of Finance. Osafo Marfo through this outcome proceeded to court indicating that the Auditor-General erred in law and available evidence prove that as the reality. The Government through the Minister Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, in September last year said the findings that identified the irregularities were false. The government claimed that the Auditor-General did not go through the constitutional practice before going public and announcing the findings.

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