Dear GhanaWeb reader,
“Leave what makes you doubt for what does not make you doubt. Verily, truth brings peace of mind and falsehood sows doubt.” These are the words of the Prophet Muhammad (PBUH) as reported by Hasan ibn Ali (Sunan al-Tirmidhī 2518).
These words resonate in the case of the Agyapa Mineral Royalties agreement which has set many Ghanaian tongues wagging in doubt over its hazy terms and conditions as well as its management.
Thanks to a corruption risk assessment report by Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu which points out a “deliberate effort” by the Finance Ministry to bypass some procedures, President Akufo-Addo has instructed the Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to send the deal back to parliament in the interest of transparency and accountability.
The president’s instruction is to allow the approval process to be restarted and to review the procurement process involving the traction advisors by the Ministry of Finance and Attorney General.
However, Akufo-Addo has suggested that these processes be done after the 2020 elections “considering the politically charged atmosphere the country finds itself.” This is a big break for democracy in Ghana.
U.S. President Donald Trump’s election loss is ironically a big loss for some “prophets” in Ghana who regularly predict elections and events with a strong conviction that “it’s from God”. Some of these “men of God” - Prophet Isaac Owusu Bempah and Prophet Emmanuel Badu Kobi - who failed to accurately predict the U.S. election continue to walk shoulder high without any shame. The buck stops with their followers!
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