The former boss of the Public Procurement Authority, Adjenim Boateng, who was caught in the “contracts for sale” investigative piece by Manasseh Azure Awuni, has been charged by the special prosecutor with corruption-related offenses.
The office of the special prosecutor charged Adjenim Boateng Adjei, and his brother-in-law, Francis Kwaku Arhin, the General Manager of Talent Discovery Ltd, with 18 counts of offenses relating to their roles in the “Contracts for Sale” scandal.
The two men were charged with “Using public office for profit, contrary to section 179C(a) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29) – 9 counts for this offense, and “Directly and indirectly influencing the procurement process to obtain an unfair advantage in the award of a procurement contract, contrary to section 92(2)(b) of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 663), also constituting 8 counts – total of 17 counts for Adjenim Boateng while the remaining 1 count is charged on Mr. Francis Kwaku Arhin.
In a related development, the over GHC 41.5 million in the accounts of Adjenim Boateng which were frozen during Martin Amidu’s time as the Special Prosecutor has been withdrawn without leaving a pesewa in any of his formerly frozen accounts.
He was able to withdraw all the money after Martin Amidu left office. Adjenim Boateng through his lawyers was able to get the courts to unfreeze his accounts when the current special prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, was yet to assume office. Thus, he secured the court ruling and cleared out all his accounts during the transition period between the two special prosecutors when the office of the special prosecutor was still vacant.