July 24, 2024
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Bawumia was unaware of Adu Boahen’s ‘reckless deals’ – OSP

The Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) has wrapped up its investigation into corruption allegations against Charles Adu Boahen, the former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry. 

These allegations originated from an investigative exposé produced by journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas and his Tiger Eye P.I. agency.

In the exposé, named ‘Galamsey Economy’, the former minister suggested that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia was instrumental in connecting investors and that a payment of US$200,000 was needed to facilitate a meeting.

However, according to the OSP’s findings, Dr. Bawumia was unaware of Adu Boahen’s actions.

“In the high political office he occupied, it ought reasonably to have occurred to Mr Adu Boahen that his bargain for twenty per cent (20%) of the value of the proposed investment and his receipt of a cash gift of Forty Thousand United States dollars (US$40,000.00) from the supposed sheikh was outrightly improper.

“Mr. Adu Boahen exhibited a lack of sound judgment. His claim that he accepted the cash gift to avoid offending the supposed sheikh lies very thinly; and his suggestion of the payment of an appearance fee of Two Hundred Thousand United States dollars (US$200,000.00) to the Vice President was quite reckless – especially as the Vice President was unaware of the business he was conducting and had not tasked him to demand money of whatever description.”

The OSP also added that Adu Boahen displayed poor judgment, particularly given his high-ranking political position.

It noted that his acceptance of a cash gift and his negotiation for a percentage of the proposed investment value were clearly improper.

“Mr. Adu Boahen’s principal motivation was his own personal gain though he intimated to the supposed sheikh that he was driven by the potential developmental benefits to Ghana of the proposed investment.”

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