Many Ghanaians, including the country’s National Security Adviser Brigadier Nunoo Mensah, were convinced of yet another anticipated marathon prosecution process when President Mills’ decision to prosecute former Ministers who had fallen foul of the law was confirmed last week.
TODAY has learned from reliable sources that the National Security agency tasked with verifying the findings of the Don Arthur-led Government Transitional Team’s report on the conduct of certain ex-Ministers of State has completed its mission. The Don Arthur Committee has made it clear that only the courts, with the cooperation of the relevant personnel, can help fix some of the concerns they have identified.
Because of this, as TODAY has learned, the State has decided to initiate criminal proceedings against these officials. Perhaps that’s what allowed Brigadier General Nunoo Mensah the courage to address the subject openly.
Former Minister of Parliamentary Affairs and Chief of Staff, Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani; former Special Assistant to Mr. Mpiani, Mr. Joseph Ankamah; former Chief Executive Officer of Ghana @50 Secretariat, Dr. Charles Yves Wereko-Brobbey; Mrs. Gladys Asmah, the premier Minister of Women and Children’s Affairs and Minister of Fisheries; and Hon. Cecilia Obeng Dapaah, the former Minister of Lands,
Mr. K.T. Hammond, a former deputy Minister of Energy; Mr. Kwadwo Adjei Darko, a former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development; Mr. Maxwell Kofi Jumah, a former deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development; and the Honourable Abubakar Saddique, a former Minister of Water Resources,Works, and Housing.
Some of the others are Dr. Richard Anane, the former Minister of Transportation, Ambassador D.K. Osei, the former Secretary to President Kufuor, and Mr. Hackman Owusu Agyemang, the former Minister of Foreign Affairs, Interior, and Works, Housing, and Water Resource.
Mr. Mpiani will be questioned by the Don. Arthur Committee on several issues. He signed a number of documents on behalf of former President John Agyekum Kufuor, including those dealing with the administration of the Ghana @50 Secretariat and Ghana’s hosting of the African Union Summit in 2007.
Dr. Charles Wereko-Brobbey, the interim Secretariat’s Chief Executive Officer, is also facing charges relating to the Ghana @50 Secretariat. Dr. Wereko-Brobbey has been indicted on various counts of collusion in the awarding of contracts and other matters relating thereto, notwithstanding his efforts during the sitting of the Government Transitional Team to have all Secretariat work pushed to Mr. Mpiani, the Supervisory Minister.
Mr. Kwadwo Mpiani’s previous special adviser, Mr. Joseph Ankamah, is in the same boat. Similar charges are being brought against all other ex-Ministers for actions taken while in office. Dr. Richard Anane raises questions about where the Kufuor administration got the money to build all those roads.
Many of the allegations against the Honourable Hackman Owusu Agyemang stem from his actions as Minister of the Interior and Works and Housing. Among the most damaging allegations is that he colluded with the Ghana Water Company and other private security firms while serving as Interior Minister.
The Government Transitional Team has indicted Hon. Abubakar Saddique, therefore he may have to take his explanations of his role in the allotment of State houses and properties to court.
Maxwell Kofi Jumah, Ambassador D.K. Osei, and K.T. Hammond all have issues that stem from their respective Ministries, as do Cecilia Dapaah, Gladys Asmah, and Hon. Adjei Darko.