The General Secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, has noted that the findings of the Special Prosecutor, Martin A.B.K Amidu, on the Agyapa deal as procurement rigging, fraud, potential money laundering and corruption, among others, border on serious offenses that cannot be remedied by any Parliamentary review of the deal, as is being urged on Ghanaians by President Akufo-Addo.
According to him, issues surrounding the Agyapa deal can only, and must, be addressed through the criminal justice system of this country, adding that the Special Prosecutor ought to be reminded that he was mandated by law to investigate and prosecute, among other offenses, breaches of the Public Procurement Law, and the other offenses he has uncovered through his investigations into this Agyapa scam.
Asiedu Nketia, who is popularly known as General Mosquito, further argued that the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) must conduct criminal investigations into the Agyapa matter and ensure that anyone who, directly or indirectly, played any role in this Agyapa scam faces the full rigours of the law.
This, he claimed, was the only way we can salvage the failing fight against corruption in our country.
At a news conference which was held in Accra, General Mosquito argued that President Akufo-Addo and his government can never recover from the embarrassment that this “Agyapa” deal has brought to them.
Indeed, many were those in this government, including their surrogates, who defended this fraud in the face of overwhelming evidence, that this vehicle called “Agyapa” was one vitiated with cronyism and illegality.
Touching on the lopsided stance taken at the August House during the passage of the Agyapa deal in Parliament, the Chief Scribe of the NDC told the media: “The NPP Majority Caucus in Parliament used their numbers to railroad an illegality in support of the family and friends cabal at the helm of affairs today. Now, here we are, with President Akufo-Addo, yet again, trying to shift blame by shamelessly directing the deal to go back to Parliament.
General Mosquito asked: “Why should a bill which emanated from the Executive and passed unanimously by the Majority Caucus in Parliament now be portrayed as though it was an error of judgement on the part of Parliament? Friends, we are sorry to disappoint President Akufo-Addo, but there is absolutely no way he can exculpate himself from blame in this “Agyapa” matter –
Gold Royalties Monetisation Transaction under the Minerals Income Investment Fund Act, 2018 (Act 978) otherwise known as Agyapa Royalties Agreement.”
Sometime in August this year, Parliament approved the controversial Agyapa Mineral Royalty Limited agreement with the Government of Ghana, despite a walkout by the Minority. The fund is supposed to manage and invest these royalties and revenue from equities for higher returns for the benefit of the country.
General Mosquito asked Ghanaians that was it not intriguing and most bizarre that President Akufo-Addo, in his official response to the verdict of the Special Prosecutor, urged the nation to defer proceedings on this “Agyapa” daylight robbery until after the upcoming elections?
Asiedu Nketia further demanded why the President wants this bad deal to be revived in the unlikely event he wins the upcoming election?
In a direct attack on the seat of government, he stated that President Akufo-Addo had not given up on the Agyapa deal, nor is he a man who is interested in safeguarding state resources and promoting the collective good of the Ghanaian people.
Read the lips of General Mosquito: “He doesn’t care about you and I. All our President dreams about is four more years to steal more; four more years to promote cronyism and shady nepotistic deals like the Agyapa deal; and four more years to advance his family’s rape of the nation’s resources.”
At his attacking best, Johnson Asiedu Nketaia asserted that Ghana cannot continue with this kind of leadership. “President Akufo-Addo and the NPP cannot be trusted with another mandate to handle the affairs of this country.”
He said: “Ghanaians can simply not afford four more years of such grand, calculated stealing of our resources. On 7th December, the Ghanaian people will remember that ‘Agyapa’ still remains a fraudulent vehicle that Akufo-Addo and his cronies in government are hell bent on using to control our gold royalties in perpetuity. Ghanaians will remember how President Akufo-Addo and his cousins cooked up this whole Agyapa scam for themselves and their cronies.”