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Following the completion of the tour of duty and subsequent retirement from the Ghana Armed Forces of Major General William Ayamdo, the Chief of Army Staff, the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has, in consultation with the Council of State, appointed Major General Thomas Oppong-Peprah, currently Chief of Staff at General Headquarters of the Ghana Armed Forces, as the new Chief of Army Staff, effective Tuesday, 18th February, 2020.

The attention of the President of the Republic, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has been drawn to a 31st January, 2020 judgement of the Crown Court at Southwark, in the United Kingdom, between the Director of the Serious Fraud Office and Airbus SE, in which the European multinational aerospace corporation has been fined $3.9 billion for the payment of bribes to secure deals in five countries, including Ghana.

According to the Statement of Facts in the case, between 2009 and 2015, “a number of Airbus employees made or promised success based commission payments of approximately €5 million to Intermediary 5”, who is said to be “a close relative of a high ranking elected Ghanaian Government official (Government Official 1)”.

Significantly, “Government Official 1 was a key decision maker in respect of Government of Ghana aircraft orders”.

The payments to Intermediary 5 by officials of Airbus SE were, thus, “intended to induce or reward improper favour by Government Official 1” over the purchase of three (3) C-295 military transport aircrafts. Indeed, out of the €5 million promised Intermediary 5, €3.85 million was paid between March 2012 and February 2014.

President Akufo-Addo has taken notice of the judgement and its implications, and has referred it to the Office of Special Prosecutor to collaborate with its UK counterparts to conduct a prompt inquiry to determine the complicity or otherwise of any Ghanaian government official, past or present, involved in the said scandal, and to take the necessary legal action against any such official, as required by Ghanaian law.

Eugene Arhin

Director of Communications 

 

The attention of the Office of the Secretary to the President has been drawn to various commentary on social media that suggests that the complaint lodged against Sammy Gyamfi, the National Communications Officer of the National Democratic Congress, by the Secretary to the President, with the Criminal Investigation Department (CID), is borne out of revenge and/or malice or is politically motivated.

That suggestion is erroneous and should not be entertained at all. The complaint was lodged with the CID on 28th November, 2019, following the publication and dissemination of a forged memo purportedly signed by the Secretary to the President, seeking to direct the Chief of Staff to convene a Cabinet meeting. The forged document was published, with extra commentary, on the Facebook page/account of Sammy Gyamfi.

After the complaint was lodged with the CID, the Police commenced its investigation, and invited Sammy Gyamfi to write his statement, in line with established practices of investigation and the rules of natural justice.

Mr. Gyamfi was unable to honour the invitation from the Police, but instead filed an application at the High Court to restrain the Police from doing its work. It was not until 27th January, 2020, that Mr. Gyamfi was arrested pursuant to an arrest warrant, and cautioned on the offences of possession of forged document and publication of false news with the intent to cause fear and alarm, contrary to sections 166 and 208 of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960 (Act 29), respectively.

If for nothing at all, it is worth stating that no citizen of this land would have been given the two-month luxury of time and space that Mr. Gyamfi enjoyed following the complaint lodged on 28th November, 2019, especially in a situation such as this.

The position of the Office of the Secretary is that a crime has been committed; a serious crime at that. A document purportedly from the Secretariat of the President allegedly signed by the Secretary to the President has been forged and published widely, and no one should accept that as being normal. The forgery of documents emanating from the President’s Secretariat affects the integrity of any such documents and the instructions and directions they convey.

It would be negligent on the part of the Secretary to the President not to take any action to protect the integrity of documents from the President’s Secretariat. Imagine the effect of a forged letter purportedly signed by the Secretary to the President instructing the Minister for Defence to place the military in aggressive, battle-ready positions along the borders with neighbouring countries without cause or instructing the Minister for Finance to transfer monies from the consolidated fund to an unauthorized private account abroad.

Technological advancements can make these unthinkable situations reality. And, in times like these where it is becoming increasingly difficult to separate fact from fiction, such forgeries or dissemination of fake news should not be treated lightly at all.

More particularly in an election year when tensions are high. Social media presents a fertile ground for the dissemination of such fake news, and nobody should belittle the gross negative effects such forgeries and fake news can have on the governance of the State.

We will, therefore, encourage the media, social commentators and especially political actors, to respect the Police and other investigative bodies, and assist them to do their work, rather than hindering them and making all sorts of unwarranted and baseless suggestions.

As citizens, we all have a duty to protect the credibility, integrity and sanctity of official documents coming from the high office of the President of the Republic. 

 

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