The vociferous NPP supporter-turned critic, Kwame Asare Obeng, popularly known as A-Plus, has asked the Supreme Court to declare as illegal, the government’s decision to pay $1m to UK-based company Kroll Associates.
In a writ, A-Plus wants the court to essentially back the position taken by the Auditor-General, Daniel Domelevo.
Mr. Domelevo, who has been named Integrity Personality of the Year, has surcharged the Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo Maafo, to refund the monies.
The Auditor-General has said he found the minister’s responses to his queries unsatisfactory.
The company, which was contracted in 2017 to “review electronic evidence, identify assets abroad and manage a joint Civil and Criminal Assets recovery process.”
The minister has insisted work has been done and is still being carried out by the firm. But he declined to make a full disclosure on the works, explaining it is classified.
But the Auditor-General says there is no evidence of work done.
Osafo Maafo has gone to the high court to challenge the Auditor-General’s directive.
But following after him in court, A-Plus, who has been critical of the Akufo-Addo government, wants the court to declare the contract illegal and non-binding.
Using the Auditor-General’s argument, A-Plus in the writ pointed out that the contract does not have parliamentary approval. His writ has named the Attorney General of the Republic of Ghana and Kroll Associates as the first and second defendants respectively.
By the 1992 constitution, any international business or economic transaction should be approved by parliament.
A-Plus wants the Supreme Court to declare that the UK-based company’s contract with the government qualifies as an international agreement and therefore ought to have been approved by parliament.
The once staunch supporter of President Nana Akufo-Addo now leads a group he formed, “The People’s Project”.
The aims of the “non-partisan and non-violent Ghanaian third force cum social movement” is to “demand for social goals and constitutional reforms that serves the best interest of the good people of Ghana.”
Source: Ghana Report