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General News of Friday, 30 August 2019


I'm innocent - PPA Boss

The embattled Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei says he is being persecuted.

Mr Adjei told journalists after his meeting with the Special Prosecutor, Mr Martin Amidu, on Thursday, 29 August 2019 that he is innocent of the allegation levelled against him with regards to the sale of government contracts.

“The public is simply speaking words of untruth. I regret the way I am being crucified for doing nothing,” he lamented.

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently suspended Mr Adjei with immediate effect and asked the Special Prosecutor to probe allegations of corruption levelled against the embattled CEO in a documentary titled: ‘Contracts for Sale’ by investigative journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni.

In a letter dated Thursday, 22 August 2019, Mr Amidu invited the CEO for questioning, saying: “You are accordingly being invited, both as the Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and a Director and Shareholder of the said companies to assist in the investigation in pursuance of sections 29 and 73 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act, 2017 (Act 959) and Regulation 10 of the Office of the Special Prosecutor Act (Operations) Regulations, 2018 (L.I. 2374)”.

He added: “You are hereby requested to come along with all information and documents including relevant minutes of the Board relating to this investigation”.

A statement signed by the Director of Communication at the Presidency communicating the decision by the president on Thursday, 22 August 2019, said Mr Akufo-Addo has, subsequently, "referred the allegations involving conflict of interest to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), and those relating to potential acts of corruption to the Office of the Special Prosecutor, for prompt action".

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