The Minister for Information Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has stated that the Auditor General’s report, which claimed that the payment of one million Dollars to Kroll and Associate was not based on contractual agreement, was factually inaccurate.
Mr. Nkrumah noted that the transaction to the firm was properly backed by an agreement that took effect on 13th February, 2017 pursuant to a letter of intent of 2nd, February signed by the Government of Ghana.
This letter of intent, he said was further included in an agreement dated 29th, September, 2019.
“Additionally, the office of the Senior Minister responded to the MOF query to the effect that since September, 2017, Kroll has been working with the GOG to undertake extensive and thorough investigations of allegations of wrong doing, and providing evidence of assets recoveries for possible prosecution”, he added.
The minister disclosed this when he addressed the media in Accra on Wednesday 18th September 2019.
The Minister emphasized that the Auditor General did not wait for the full report that his office had requested on the transaction before completing and announcing his audit report.
He added that when the Auditor General requested documentation on the transactions from the Ministry of Finance, the Finance Ministry insisted it had to seek the desired documentation from the Senior Minister’s office.
“Indeed, the report itself concedes that information on this transaction was requested from the Ministry of Finance (MoF) by the Auditors. The MOF in turn reported that it will have to get details from the office of the Senior Minister which was the appropriate office that executed the transaction.
Mr. Nkrumah added that before the Ministry of Finance could furnish it with detailed report on the transaction, the Auditor General had concluded its audit report and published it.
“However, prior to furnishing the Audit team with a report, the Audit was completed and a report published to the effect that there was no evidence of required paperwork for the payment of the I million USD”, he stressed.
The Minister insisted that the constitutional practice was for the Auditor General to submit its report to parliament in order to allow the affected institutions to respond to it.
“The MOF believes that if… the constitutional path was followed, it would have had the opportunity to respond at the next legally appropriate forum and explain”, hon. Oppong Nkrumah explained.
He added that since the Auditor General hadn’t followed the due process, the Finance Ministry was obliged to explain to the public what had occurred in order to cure the wrong impression being created by the audit report.