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General News of Monday, 15 October 2018


'Robbing Assemblies': Anti-corruption campaigners worried over stalled prosecution

Anti-corruption campaigners are worried about the apparent lack of prosecution of persons involved in the “Robbing the Assemblies” scandal, a year after the documentary was aired.

Executive Director of the Ghana Integrity Initiative Linda Ofori Kwafo told Joy News having followed the matter closely she is surprised nothing has come out of it for now.

She is however confident, the institutions involved will work around the clock to have persons accused of financial impropriety have their day in court or at least inform Ghanaians about the current state

According to her, reports suggest the Criminal Investigative Department has worked on the matter extensively and has sent a docket to the Attorney General’s Department for prosecutions to begin.

It is not clear yet why nobody has yet been hauled before the court.

Last year, Joy News’ head of investigations Manasseh Azure Awuni uncovered how the country’s district assemblies were run aground with contracts, some of which are said to be of dubious validity.

In a three piece investigative documentary titled “Robbing the Assemblies” Manasseh Azure Awuni discovered how 11 Jospong companies were single sourced for a ¢98 million fumigation contract in flagrant violation of the procurement law.

He also found out how waste bins contracts awarded to the Jospong companies may have been inflated by some ¢130m.

The contracts left the Assemblies poorer and filthier because much of the work was not done, even though millions of monies had been paid to the companies.

The investigation created a lot of furore with the CID beginning investigations into the matter.

On Saturday October 13, Manasseh Azure Awuni was awarded the West African Journalist of the year during the West Africa Media Excellence Awards on account of that investigation.

He also won the anti-corruption reporter of the year for the same story.

The award appeared to have reignited interest and debate on an investigation that uncovered so much but so little has been done in terms of prosecution.

Linda Ofori Kwafo said something urgent must be done in prosecuting the case.

“The GII is obviously worried about this matter and I say so because we work very closely and follow investigative journalists as they do their work in relation to unearthing alleged corruption and allowing the appropriate institutions to do the investigation and prosecution…’

“We have been following the process and for about one year without getting to know exactly what is happening,” she said.

Ofori Kwafo said the government must inform the citizens about the current state of the investigations on the matter.

Meanwhile, Manasseh Azure -Awuni is unhappy that the same company is receiving new contracts from the government that has so far failed to prosecute the matter.