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General News of Thursday, 8 October 2009

Source: Citifmonline

Baba Camara; First Casualty Of M&J Scandal?

The Maybey and Johnson bribery scandal, which is threatening to bring down a number of top officials in the Mills administration, appears to have claimed its first casualty.

Alhaji Baba Kamara, one of the top names on President John Mills’ list of Ambassadors and High Commissioners, appears to have lost his job as High Commissioner designate to Nigeria.

He was not part of the ten envoys, sworn-in by President John Mills on Wednesday, October 07. His name was struck-out from the list of envoys handed to the media prior to the short ceremony, which was performed by President John Mills.

The Castle did not give any reasons for his absence, but it is common knowledge that Alhaji Camara’s name has been linked to the crippling Maybey and Johnson Scandal, which is now a matter of investigation both in the UK and in Ghana.

He has been named as having taken over fifty thousand pounds in bribes from the UK Construction Firm, in the 1990s to influence the award of Government contracts to the UK company.

The Attorney General, Betty Mould Iddrissu has been in the United Kingdom since Monday, October 5, gathering more evidence on the scandal to decide what line of action President Mills should take against people like Minister of Health, George Sipa Yankey, who was once convicted over charges of causing financial loss to the state, former Minister of Finance, Mr. Kwame Peprah, who has already done time in jail for causing financial loss to the state, Alhaji Abubakar Saddiq Boniface, a former minister in the Kufuor Administration who was at the time working at the Ministry of Finance, among others.

Citi News gathers that the Attorney General has concluded her assignment in the UK and is expected to fly back home soon with the dossier given her by the Serious Fraud Office in the UK.

Meanwhile, at the Swearing-in Ceremony on Wednesday, President John Mills asked the new envoys to live up to expectation as they move to represent Ghana at their respective posts.