Accra, Ghana//-The Office of the Special Prosecutor has commenced investigations into corruption allegations against the former Minister of State at the Ministry of Finance, Charles Adu Boahen.
This follows President Akufo-Addo’s referral of the issue to the Office on Monday, November 14.
The OSP in a press release issued on Tuesday said all other persons implicated in the matter will be investigated.
“The Office of the Special Prosecutor has promptly commenced investigations into the actions of Mr Charles Adu Boahen and any other persons implicated in the investigative exposé “Galamsey Economy,” the OSP said.
On Monday, President Akufo-Addo terminated the appointment of Mr Charles Adu Boahen with immediate effect.
The Director of Communications at the Jubilee House, Eugene Arhin in a press release said President Akufo-Addo took the decision after being made aware of the allegations levelled against the Minister in the exposé dubbed, Galamsey Economy, by TigerEye PI.
“The President spoke to Mr Adu Boahen, after which he took the decision to terminate his appointment. The President subsequently also referred the matter to the Special Prosecutor for further investigation,” parts of the statement read.
Why is Adu Boahen being investigated?
In the said documentary, Mr Adu Boahen is said to have told the undercover investigators that Vice President Mahamudu Bawumia needed $200,000 as an appearance fee before meeting with supposed businessmen.
The embattled Minister is also reported to have said that the Vice President would demand some positions from an investor for his siblings to get his backing and influence in establishing a business in Ghana.
“You mean, like appearance fees and stuff? I mean he, himself (the Vice President), if you give him some (USD) 200,000 or something as a token, as thank you, appreciation, that’s fine.
“He’s not really, he’s not really (like) that. All he needs is to worry about his campaign money in 2020,” Charles Adu Boahen is alleged to have said.
Meanwhile, Vice President Dr Mahamudu Bawumia has denied reports linking him to demanding $200,000 as an “appearance fee.”
Responding to the issue in a Facebook post on Monday, he said he is not aware of any such transaction.
According to him, his “cherished asset” is his integrity, which he will not allow to be tarnished.