Ghanaian politician and Member of Parliament on the ticket of the National Democratic Congress, Casely Ato Forson who also served as a Deputy Finance Minister, among two others has been charged for causing financial loss to the state.
The other two are a former Chief Director of the Ministry, Sylvester Anemana and a businessman called Richard Jakpa. The three have cost the state to lose €2.37 million in a deal to purchase 200 ambulances. The incident occurred between 2014 and 2016.
According to reports, Richard Jakpa used his business Jakpa at Business to present a proposal and term loan to the Ministry of Health. Per the proposal, the ministry financed the supply of 200 ambulances to the Government.
According to the Attorney General, the Cabinet endorsed the Executive’s approval for the funding of the project.
In 2014, the Ministry of Health procured 30 ambulances. However, they found faults with the ambulances. Ghana incurred a loss of $2.4 million. Reacting to that, the government suspended the entire 200 ambulances deal since the initial 30 didn’t meet the standard.
Currently, the Attorney-General has summoned three at Accra High Court on five charges. The charges include willful cause of financial loss to the state, abetment to willfully causing financial loss to the state. Also, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, and intentionally misapplying public property.
Casiel Ato Forson had stated earlier that the then Finance Minister only “issued at sight letters of credit” on behalf of the Ministry of Health after they had put in a request.
“The Ministry of Finance also instructed the Controller and Accountant General’s Department to pay for the bank charges accrued to the Bank of Ghana as a result of the issuance of letters of credit on behalf of the Ministry of health.”
Responding to the latest lawsuit, Mr Forson said yesterday that he will address the press today, Friday, December 24, 2021. Meanwhile, he believes that the legal action taken against him is just a distraction. Thus, the government want to distract him from the ongoing e-levy controversies in the 8th Parliament.
“My attention has been drawn to the widely circulated stories suggesting that the Akufo Addo government has brought criminal charges against me. As I prepare to fully address the matter tomorrow at a press briefing I urge all right-thinking members of our society to remain calm and note that I shall not be distracted by the machinations of the State just because I stand with the good people of Ghana to oppose repressive policies of this government!”