Pro-National Democratic Congress (NDC) pressure group, Action Movement of the NDC, has welcomed the prosecution of former CEO of the Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD) Dr Stephen Opuni for causing financial loss to the state.
According to the group, all former government appointees under the NDC administration who have questions to answer as far as their alleged involvement in corruption is concerned must be made to face the full rigours of the law.
The group has, therefore, asked the leadership of the NDC to desist from defending any former Mahama appointee charged with corruption.
Dr Opuni, businessman Seidu Agongo and AgriCult Ghana Company Limited, are facing 27 charges of willfully causing financial loss of GHS217million to the state, through three separate fertiliser supply contracts between 2014 and 2016.
The contracts were GHS43.1million (2013/2014 cocoa farming season), GHS75.3million (2014/2015 cocoa farming season) and GHS98.9million (2015/2016 cocoa farming season) totalling GHS217million through sole-sourcing, the state claimed, adding that procurement procedures for sole-sourcing were not followed.
According to the charges, the consignments of Lithovit Foliar were produced locally, contrary to an agreement between COCOBOD and AgriCult Ghana Company Limited that it be sourced from Germany.
Also, the Attorney General claims the fertilisers were manufactured without registration, thereby, flouting the Plants and Fertiliser Act 2010.
According to the state, Dr Opuni also took a bribe of GHS25,000 from Mr Agongo in October 2014 to facilitate the award of one of the contracts by misrepresenting facts to the Public Procurement Authority. The state also said the 2014 contract was awarded without any price quotation.
However, some NDC officials have described the action as a witch-hunt. Bolga Central MP Isaac Adongo, has said the charges smack of political witch-hunt.
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