The Senior Minister, Yaw Osafo-Maafo has tasked his lawyers to commence legal processes to challenge a Disallowance and Surcharge ‘imposed’ on him by the Auditor-General, Mr Daniel Domelevo, ABC News can report.
The Auditor General, in October this year, surcharged the Senior Minister $1m over an agreement with a foreign company, Kroll Associates without following due process.
Mr Osafo-Maafo explained in a statement that his decision to challenge the surcharge in Court had become necessary as available evidence shows that the Auditor General erred in the exercise of his powers.
“I have taken this action because the evidence available shows clearly that the Auditor-General erred in law and professional procedures in the exercise of his powers regarding his audit on payments to Kroll and Associates Limited,” he explained.
The Auditor-General indicted the Ministry of Finance and the Senior Minister accusing them of contracting Kroll Associates in 2017 to recover assets from identified wrongdoers; investigate allegations of wrongdoing among others, paid the company an amount of US$1 million (equivalent of GH¢4,890,000), yet there was no evidence of work done.
Justifying the deal, Mr Osafo-Maafo, in a letter addressed to the Auditor General in October this year, explained that the company actually worked and there was ample evidence of the work done by the firm to merit government’s payment.
Also, he insisted that approval for the request for single-source procurement of professional services was obtained contrary to claims by the Auditor-General that they failed to seek approval from the Public Procurement Authority.
Mr Domelevo however, rejected the Senior Minister’s explanation, insisting that his demand for proof of work done by Kroll Associates had not been satisfied, hence the surcharge.
He revealed the Senior Minister had 60 days to go to court to seek an order setting aside his surcharge.
In his statement, Mr Osafo-Maafo however, revealed that he is initiating the legal action on behalf of himself and four other officials of the Ministry of Finance.
“I am optimistic that the courts will afford us the opportunity to prove the regularity of the said transaction and clear our names in the process,” he stated.
Read Senior Minister’s statement below: