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Business News of Monday, 22 October 2018

Source: Starrfmonline.com

Kelni GVG: We’ve not been bribed – IMANI

Policy think IMANI Africa has denied claims that they have been bribed out of their opposition against the Kelni GVG contract with the Government of Ghana.

Kelni GVG, a Haitian originated company, IS awarded a contract by the government for design, development and implementation of a common platform for traffic monitoring, revenue assurance, and mobile money monitoring and fraud management—a service already being rendered by Afriwave and Subah Info Solution.

IMANI which sued against the deal it described as “needless” and a rip-off has unceremoniously withdrawn the suit from court. The move has sparked rumors they were settled financially by the Haitian company.

In a statement, President of IMANI Franklin Cudjoe said they decided to pull out of court because their concerns against the deal have been addressed.
“On a more serious note, do not believe all those funny allegations by faceless cowards that we settled for money. We aren’t that cheap. Didn’t these same rumour peddlers that said the telcos were paying us when the advocacy begun?

Now, we have been paid by government and Kelni? Anyone who has evidence of so called payments should make it known to the world. Isn’t it worthy to note that the party that believed it had a genuine contract and called us names will later approach to even talk and agree that on privacy concerns, they have agreed to an independent body, which includes the telcoms chamber to monitor their operations to prevent tampering with content? Isn’t this modestly a sign that the advocacy wasn’t in vain after all? Wasn’t us, IMANI, that announced to the world much earlier that there had been new developments? We could have simply chosen to keep quiet if we had been bought.

“The matter isn’t over. Our biggest case, which is the atrociously over priced contract of $178, is still outstanding. Just so that you know, we live in a very confounding political environment with very powerful people pressing shady buttons to milk the state through crooked contracts. To the extent that fighting them can have dire consequences on one’s person, and in the end they can even be bold to tell you , you can have your say but we will have the final word and our way, you can imagine the hurdles placed in the path of decent critics in a so- called thriving democracy. But you know too well, that even these do not deter us at IMANI,” Mr. Cudjoe wrote.