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BBC Africa Eye and Anas Aremeyaw Anas expose Covid-19 PPE racket

An Africa Eye undercover investigation has revealed that some staff at the Ridge hospital in Accra, Ghana have been selling vital PPE for personal profit.

As the pandemic reached Ghana, the country faced a severe lack of essential protective equipment like face shields, masks and suits.

As the Ghanaian government pushed hospitals to gather as much PPE as they could, the country rallied round to help. Donors provided thousands of items for frontline medical staff fighting the virus.

Yet, despite these efforts, over 200 doctors have been infected by Covid-19, with a lack of adequate PPE often cited as one of the causes.

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RTI law does not fully support fighting illicit financial flows – Dr Stephen Manteaw

Co-chair of the Ghana Extractive Industry Transparency Initiative, Dr Stephen Manteaw has said that Ghana’s Right to Information (RTI) Law in its current form does not fully support efforts to counter illicit financial flows.

He said the Law would have to be used together with other transparency legislations such as Beneficial Ownership, Open Contracting and the Petroleum Register to achieve its purpose.

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Resource Internal Auditors to fight corruption — Dr Osae

The Director-General of the Internal Audit Agency at the Presidency, Dr Eric Oduro Osae, has called on various institutions in the country to make available the needed resources to their internal auditors to enable them to carry out their mandate effectively.

That, according to him, would reposition internal auditors to be able to carry out their work well and help fight corruption in the country. He made the call at a meeting with heads of internal auditors for the three Northern Regions in Tamale on Monday to acquaint himself with the challenges in their work. 

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Akufo-Addo must fire Zongo Development Fund CEO over alleged procurement breaches – Edward Bawa

A member of Parliament’s Poverty Reduction Committee is calling for the arrest of Chief Executive for the Zongo Development Fund over alleged procurement breaches.

Edward Bawa also wants investigation into Arafat Sulemana Abdulai’s tenure at the Fund.

The MP’s call comes in the wake of a Corruption Watch investigation which uncovered that the Fund, headed by Arafat Sulemana Abdulai, engaged in malpractices in the purchase of goods, services and works worth ¢5 million.

The management of ZoDF allegedly superintended procurement breaches such as inflation of contract figures and breaching of entity head’s threshold.

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Zongo Dev’t Fund in GH₵ 5M procurement breach

A Corruption Watch investigation has uncovered that the Zongo Development Fund (ZoDF) has engaged in alleged procurement malpractices in the purchase of goods, services and works worth GHC5.0 million. The management of ZoDF allegedly superintended procurement breaches such as inflation of contract figures and breaching of entity head’s threshold.

Corruption Watch established that two hundred thousand Ghana cedis (GHC200,000) of the GHC5.0 million was spent on a contract for COVID-19 PPEs. 

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We don’t need new structures to fight corruption – Bright Sewu

The Head of Programmes and Deputy Executive Secretary of the Ghana Anti-Corruption Coalition(GACC) has said that Ghana does not need new structures to fight corruption.

Bright Sewu said the country already has enough structures to fight the canker, however, these structures must be managed by leaders who can guarantee the independence of institutions mandated to fight corruption.

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Corruption Watch’s response to George Andah’s rejoinder on NPP primaries vote-buying allegations

In this post, Corruption Watch replies to George Andah’s response to the investigation report on the vote-buying allegations during the NPP parliamentary primaries.

WE STAND BY OUR STORY ABOUT GEORGE NENYI ANDAH – CORRUPTION WATCH


We write in response to your letter written on behalf of your client, Mr. George Nenyi Andah, dated July 29, 2020 and headlined Re: Corruption Watch/CDD Report On Vote Buying During NPP Primaries- George
Nenyi Andah (MP) Cited. In the said letter, which was copied to the press, your client, Mr. George Nenyi Andah, MP for Awutu Senya West Constituency is demanding an unqualified apology and a retraction of a
purported report by Corruption Watch.

Mr. Andah claims that the Corruption Watch publication cited him for distributing “an amount of GHC1,000, a 32- inch Nasco Flat screen TV and a Standing Fan to each delegate in the [Awutu Senya West] constituency” in the NPP primaries.

We wish to state that our report which we published on our website on 24th July, 2020 did not cite Mr. Andah for distributing “an amount of GHC1,000, a 32- inch Nasco Flat screen TV and a Standing Fan to each
delegate in the [Awutu Senya West] constituency” in the NPP primaries. For ease of reference, we reproduce at the end of this letter, the section of our report on Mr. Andah and his challenger, Mr. Joseph Aidoo.

Indeed, in keeping with Corruption Watch’s principles of accuracy, balance, fairness and ethical journalism, Corruption Watch contacted both Mr. Andah and his challenger in follow-up interviews and put certain specific allegations to them three weeks before publishing our story. Our follow-up interview with Mr. Andah was part of the normal processing routine of Corruption Watch in which we gave him and all candidates who were to be featured in our story an opportunity to respond to findings of our field
investigators. Neither did our report of 24th July, 2020 nor any other report cite Mr. Andah for distributing “an amount of GHC1,000, a 32- inch Nasco Flat screen TV and a Standing Fan to each delegate in the [Awutu Senya West] constituency” in the NPP primaries.


We wish, therefore, to state that we stand by our story of 24th July, 2020 and do not deem it fit to retract the said story and render an unqualified apology for allegations that Mr. Andah himself caused to be published.

Download the full response below.

Response from George Andah to Corruption Watch investigation report on NPP primaries

In the document below, George Andah (incumbent MP for Awutu Senya West) responds to the allegations from Corruption Watch’s investigation report on the vote-buying scandals during the NPP parliamentary primaries.

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An update on 3 major unresolved corruption cases

In this blog post, we go back to 2019 to find out the status of three groundbreaking anti-corruption cases in our bid to pursue cases from start to finish, prevent impunity and ensure reform.

The cases we will be focusing on are the Galamsey Fraud case, the Missing Excavators case and the ‘Contracts for Sale‘ procurement scandal.

GALAMSEY FRAUD 

On Wednesday, 27th February, 2019, ace investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas released a 27-minute documentary titled “Galamsey Fraud Part One.” In an article published on Ghana Web ahead of the premier of the documentary, Anas authored the following: “A measure to minimize the mess and menace of illegal mining in the motherland is being undermined by men mandated to manage the menace, leaving Ghana at the mercy of mercenary miners and monstrous money-grabbers within the corridors of power.”

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How parts of the media in Ghana aid – rather than fight – corruption

Corruption is a significant obstacle to development, democratic consolidation and environmental security, particularly in the developing world. It involves a misuse of power in serving private ends at the public expense. Corruption occurs in both the public and private sectors.

There are different forms of corruption. Political corruption is a classic example. It is often committed by politicians and top government officials acting alone or collaborating with other actors to advance private agendas.

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