Adjenim Boateng Adjei, suspended Public Procurement Authority Chief Executive Officer, has requested for a public hearing of his appearance before the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), ABC News can report.
AB Adjei is a subject of an investigation into allegations of Conflict of Interest leveled against him following the airing of a documentary titled ‘Contracts for Sale’ by ace journalist, Manasseh Azure Awuni on August 21.
A member of the legal team of suspended PPA CEO, Yaw Oppong, who submitted the notice to CHRAJ in a letter dated September 17 explained in an interview monitored by ABC News that, “It is simple. Our client really surprised us but it just confirms that he has nothing to hide and will rather like to exercise his rights under the relevant provisions of the law to have the allegations to be published and also to be heard in public so that the media and the generality of the people of Ghana will at least hear his side.”
The letter further argued that the suspended boss is of the view that such an opportunity if granted, will give the general public a chance to fairly listen to both sides and arrive at their conclusion.
“It appears that so far only one side has been widely published and has in a way dented his hard-earned reputation. It is important that these matters are basically cast into the light so that everybody can hear him speak, hear his accusers speak, hear them being cross-examined if it is necessary and then they can also form their own conclusions” the suspended PPA CEO noted in the letter submitted by his lawyer.
President Akufo-Addo, barely 24 hours after the investigative piece was aired, directed that CHRAJ probes allegations of Conflict of Interest leveled against Adjenim Boateng Adjei and ordered Special Prosecutor to commence prompt investigation into aspects relating to corruption.
The President, in the same letter, suspended the PPA boss from his position and ordered his assistant to take over in an acting capacity.
AB Adjei is alleged, in the documentary, to have set up a company that bid for government contracts and sell them to constructors for a kickback of between 15-20% of the contract sum.