CHRAJ Begins Probe Into Anas’ Petition Against Ofori-Atta
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has began investigating a conflict of interest petition brought before it by Anas Aremeyaw Anas. The investigative journalist who is the founder of Tiger Eye P.I is urging CHRAJ to look into allegations that the private companies of Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta
and former Minister of State at the Finance Ministry, Charles Adu Boahen, benefitted from loans and bonds entered into by Ghana. Earlier, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta had been accused of employing the services of a company he co-founded, Data Bank Financial Services - as advisors for some of Ghana’s international loan
transactions. While Black Star Brokerage, a company belonging to Charles Adu Boahen has also been accused of benefitting from transactions on government bond issuance. Both companies have allegedly been acting as financial advisors and Bond Market Specialists to the Ministry of Finance. Confirming the development to
media, CHRAJ Commissioner, Joseph Whittal said the Commission has received an official complaint from the Tiger Eye PI team and is assessing the materials presented to it. “The allegations are that there is conflict of interest in terms of their official duties as public officers and the companies in which they have interest in
terms of government bonds and so the case is going through the standard process of assessment in order to make sure that it meets procedural requirement under the Commission’s regulation as well as whether it is really within the mandate of the Commission. Based on that, we will then decide what next steps to take, Mr.
Whittal said. Meanwhile, the Office of the Special Prosecutor has also commenced investigations into the same corruption allegations levelled against Charles Adu Boahen in an exposé after President Akufo-Addo’s referral of the matter to the Office.