Crusaders Against Corruption (CAC) Ghana has petitioned the Special Prosecutor, Mr. Martin Amidu, to investigate 200 units intercity Huanghai buses from Messrs Liaoning Huanghai Automobile (LHA) purchased by the Metro Mass Transit Company Limited (MMT).
According to the group, they were copied in a letter dated October 22, 2019 by a former Security Coordinator of the MMT, Mr Lawal Laah Fuseini, addressed to the Board Chairman of the Agricultural Development Bank (ADB), over a short-term loan of $2,100.000 to MMT which was to be used as down payment for the purchase of the buses.
In the petition dated November 18, 2019 to the Special Prosecutor, the group said upon receipt of the letter, it launched a preliminary investigation and realized that due process was not fully followed by the MMT and its Managing Director, Mr. Albert Adu Boahen, in the process.
The group noted that there are conflicting technical reports from MMT, on the yet to purchase LHA buses.
“CAC can warn that the implementation of this contract will not provide value for money to the taxpayer and will be a waste of Ghana’s taxes,” the petition signed by Emmanuel Wilson Jnr, Chief Crusader of the group said.
The tendering process that was engaged in by Mr. Albert Adu Boahen and the MMT, according to the petition, is contrary to the provisions in Articles 40 and 41 of the Public Procurement Act, 2003 (Act 662).
“Sir, in the interest of protecting the public purse and to avert any form of corruption that this transaction may bring, Crusaders Against Corruption Ghana humbly request your office to further investigate the above subject matter.
“Attached to this petition for your kind study are copies of two conflicting reports and some other documents that Crusaders Against Corruption Ghana have in its possession that may serve as a lead into your subsequent investigation,” the group said.
In addition, the Crusaders Against Corruption Ghana attached a copy of a letter which the group delivered to the Agricultural Development Bank, requesting them to stop any financial commitment towards this transaction until a thorough investigation is concluded.