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22.08.2005 General News

Who Took The $20m Bribe?

The Enquirer

Is It Hon. Osafo-Maafo? Hon. O.B. Amoah? Dr. Kofi Amoah? An unnamed leading member of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has told the Dispatch that top government officials involved in the award of contract for the CAN 2008 stadia rehabilitation project are being bribed with a whopping ¢180 billion to influence the award of contract to one particular company.

The alleged leading member of the party who is known to The Dispatch, but whose identity was withheld, stated in a letter exclusively published by The Dispatch last week, August 15, 2005 that "there have been reports doing the rounds about how billions of Cedis were allegedly packed in boxes sent to the houses of some people with close connections to certain leading members of the government?

The story which was under the headline 'JAK, Open Your Eyes On CAN 2008 Stadia continued: Within the last few weeks, there have been credible reports to serious lobbying to influence independent decision your government is likely to take on the rehabilitation of the sports stadia for CAN 2008.

In respect of the award of the contract to the said company which is said to be paying ¢180billion to the government officials to annex all the contracts, The daily dispatch story which passed without notice asked: "Is it a case of putting all your eggs in one basket? How about the offer from the Chinese government?

The secret letter which formed the basis of the daily dispatch story insinuated corruption and stated: "An indicator in the Transparency International's Corruption Perception Index" is how much foreign companies spend in 'under the table payments' to facilitate the business".

The leading NPP member was quoted by the story as saying: "I write on behalf of some committed members of our dear party, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) whenever you in particular and your government in general have been taken to task for not doing enough to live up to your 'Zero Tolerance of Corruption' you have sounded defensive.

Meanwhile, key individuals like Dr. Kofi Amoah - LOC Chairman; Mr. Osafo Maafo, Minister of Education and Sports Minister, Mr. O. B. Amnah have not all responded to the allegation that some of the officers amongst them are being lobbied with ¢180billion to influence their decision to award the contract in a particular way.

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