Former Ghanaian minister: A former Ghanaian government minister, who has since been sacked, has admitted to accepting a $40,000 cash gift from a businessman, according to an official report into the incident.
The report, which was commissioned by the current government, found that the minister had violated the country’s code of conduct for public officials. The minister said that he had accepted the money “in order not to offend the sensibility of a potential wealthy investor”, but the report concluded that this was not a valid reason for accepting such a large sum of money.
Charles Adu Boahen, who was Ghana’s minister of state for finance at the time, was sacked in November 2022 after an undercover investigation by Anas Aremeyaw Anas, a journalist known for his exposés on corruption in Ghana.
In the investigation, Anas posed as a wealthy sheikh and offered Boahen $500m to invest in Africa. During a secretly recorded meeting, Boahen accepted a $40,000 cash gift from Anas and promised to give him access to government officials.
The investigation, which was conducted by the OSP, lasted six months and concluded with the release of a report on Monday. The report details the findings of the investigation, which revealed that Mr. Adu Boahen had not only accepted the $40,000 cash gift from Anas, but had also solicited a 20% commission on the $500m investment.
Furthermore, the report states that Mr. Adu Boahen had offered to pay $200,000 to the vice-president of Ghana, even though the vice-president was unaware of the arrangement.
According to the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Adu Boahen’s actions displayed a lack of good judgment and were very poorly thought out. His excuse for accepting the cash gift was not plausible, and his discussion of the vice-president was reckless and potentially damaging.
However, the OSP found that Mr. Adu Boahen’s actions did not constitute any criminal offences under Ghanaian law. As a result, the OSP is unable to prosecute him, despite finding that his actions were not in the best interests of the country.
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