The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo says he will now go to court to clear himself of any wrongdoing as the Auditor-General insist on surcharging him for the $1 million paid to Kroll and Associates Limited.
Using a single-source procurement process, the UK Company was contracted in 2017 to “review electronic evidence, identify assets abroad and manage a joint Civil and Criminal Assets recovery process”.
By September 2018, $1 million, equivalent to ¢4.86 million was made to the company as full payment for its services.
But the Auditor-General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, has accused the Senior Minister of paying the private firm, Kroll and Associates, $1 million for no work done.
This has however been challenged by the minister in a response to a query from the Auditor-General. READ MORE
Meanwhile, Mr. Osafo-Maafo said on Wednesday that he has instructed his lawyers to commence legal processes to challenge a “disallowance and surcharge imposed on me by the Auditor-General following his notice of the 24th October, 2019”
ERRED IN LAW
A statement issued by the Minister explained his latest action.
“I have taken this action because the evidence available shows clearly that the Auditor-General erred in law and professional procedures in the exercise of his powers regarding his audit on payments to Kroll and Associates Limited”
According to Mr. Osafo-Maafo, the legal action is being initiated on behalf of himself and four other officials of the Ministry of Finance.
“I am optimistic that the courts will afford us the opportunity to prove the regularity of the said transaction and clear our names in the process,” he said.
Source: 3news.com | Ghana