The Special Prosecutor, Mr Kissi Agyebeng has said he has gathered enough evidence to ensure successful prosecution of the Former Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) Adjenim Boateng Adjei and his brother-in-law who have been charged for procurement breaches.
The two accused persons appeared in court on Wednesday May 25 but pleaded not guilty.
Speaking to journalists after the court adjourned the case to June 28, Mr Kissi Agyebeng said “I have my firm conviction that we have every evidence to see the accused guilty.
“It is in respect of procurement breaches by the former Chief Executive Officer of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA) and his brother-in-law, so that is what we are in court for today. Their pleas were taken, they pleaded not guilty, the court has given direction in terms of how the trial will proceed.”
Mr Boateng Adjei with 8 counts of using public office for profit and and nine counts of directly and indirectly influencing the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of procurement contracts.
Similarly, Francis Kwaku Arhen, the brother-in-law of Adjenim Boateng Adjei, has been charged with one count for using public office for profit” the Office of the Special Prosecutor said in a statement on Wednesday May 18.
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in a letter dated Friday, October 30, 2020 terminated Mr Adjenim Boateng Adjei’s appointment.
The decision followed the submission of a report to President Akufo-Addo by Commission on Human Rights and Administration Justice (CHRAJ) on a conflict of interest investigations initiated against Mr Adjei.
A report issued by the CHRAJ noted that Mr Boateng Adjei was unable to explain the volumes of cash that passed through his bank account with the Stanbic Bank after his appointment.
It emanated from an investigative work by journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni over some contracts sanctioned by the Authority.
The CHRAJ report had concluded that Mr Adjei had put himself in a position where his personal interests conflicted with the performance of his functions as CEO and board member of PPA.
Portions of the report said: “The respondent (Mr Adjei) opened a USD Account at the Stanbic Bank on 03 April 2017 after his appointment as CEO of PPA. As of August 2-019 a total of USD516225 has been credited to the account and his debits stood at USD504607.87
“When confronted with the evidence of the sheer volume of cash that passed through his accounts the Respondent indicated that Frosty Ice Mineral Water Litd does not have a bank account and that proceeds from the sales of the water is lodged in his account. Frosty Ice Mineral water Ltd is the company the Respondent owns with us wife, Mercy Adjei. He also claimed that he received money from other family businesses but could not name the family businesses.”
A release issued by Eugene Arhin, the Director of Communications at the Presidency, announcement the termination of his appointment said on Friday “Having satisfied himself of the fact that the recommendation made by CHRAJ is properly motivated and well-founded, the President has expressed his appreciation and gratitude to Mr Joseph Whittal and CHRAJ for the thorough and methodical manner in which the matter has been addressed.”
Aspects of the investigative work relating to potential acts of corruption were referred to the Office of Special Prosecutor for action. The Prosecutor is yet to come out with his report.