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The Senior Minister has responded to claims by the Auditor General, Daniel Yaw Domelevo, that he led government to pay a private firm Kroll and Associates $1 million for no work done.

Yaw Osafo-Maafo in a letter addressed to the Auditor General dated October 8, 2019, sought to set the record straight on the matter involving the private firm.

He said approval for request for single-source procurement of professional services was obtained contrary to claims by the Auditor General that he failed to seek approval from the Procurement Authority.

On the accusation that the Senior Minister through the Finance Ministry made full payment of more than $1 million to Kroll and Associates with no proof of work done, Mr Osafo-Maafo said “Proofs of work done by Kroll and Associates are contained in their respective reports submitted to the office of the Senior Minister, COCOBOD, Bank of Ghana and Economic and Organized Crime Office(EOCO). The Consultancy services with Kroll [are] ongoing and expected to continue for a period of four years”.

The letter also revealed “one of Kroll’s reports for work done was in respect of LITHOvit agro-chemicals supplied by Seidu Agongo to COCOBOD for $106,541,589.82 which is now the subject of a case in the High Court…

“The work done by Kroll, in this case, included Bank Analysis and Supplier Overview which disclosed that 90% of the revenue Seidu Agongo earned from COCOBOD was from agrochemicals sales amounting to $106,541,589.82 which has turned out to be worthless.”

Mr Osafo-Maafo in his response also stated that Kroll is still conducting investigations into several other cases for the Government of Ghana. The firm is also assisting in assets recoveries and prosecution.

Read copies of Mr Osafo-Maafo’s letter to the Auditor-General and documents as evidence of his engagement with the Procurement Authority and other relevant state agencies on the transaction.

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