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Akufo Addo was involved in messy Sputnik- V deal – Martin Amidu

The former Special Prosecutor, Martin Amidu, is confident that the Health Minister, Kwaku Agyeman-Manu, is not the only government official involved in the botched Sputnik V vaccine procurement deal.

According to him, other officials including executive arm of government led by President Akufo Addo was well briefed with the transaction.

This is cited in the former Special Prosecutor’s latest epistle.

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He further added that, the government is only using the ad-hoc Parliamentary Committee set up to investigate the messy deal as a façade to cover for the real culprits involved in the misconduct.

“From my experience working with President Akufo-Addo, I can bet my last pesewa that the report of the ad-hoc parliamentary committee on the Sputnik V – Covid-19 vaccine procurement was just a smokescreen behind which to exonerate and whitewash all the suspected unconstitutionalities and illegalities committed by the government in the procurement contract and payment for the vaccines.

“Ghanaians must be hallucinating to think that the Minister of Health, whom I have known since our Commonwealth Hall days in the 1970s, would have had the temerity to have executed the Sputnik Covid-19 procurement contract without executive approval by the Mother of the Government,” he noted.

Following disclosures in the report of the Parliamentary Committee that investigated the Sputnik V vaccination deal, calls for Mr Agyeman-Manu to quit have risen dramatically.

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Despite statements by the Health Minister under oath that no money was paid, the ad hoc committee decided that the government paid Dubai-based billionaire Sheik Al–Maktoum $16 million for the vaccines.

However, Mr Amidu claims that it was the Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta, who made the $16 million payment without Parliamentary authorisation, and that he should be held equally liable for such misbehavior.

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