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[Fact-check] Sputnik V contract shows Ministry of Health lied

Mr.Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, Health Minister

It has emerged that the account of the Ministry of Health (MoH) in explaining how the Government of Ghana reached an agreement with a private middleman to procure Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines is not accurate.

Contrary to claims by the MoH that it was the middleman who made an offer to which the Ministry responded, documents sighted by 3news.com show otherwise.

MoH’s narrative

In reaction to allegations by a Norwegian newspaper publication that the Government of Ghana used middlemen to procure 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines at unit price of $19 instead of the ex-factory price of $10, the MoH put out what it said were “facts about the process”.

In the said facts, as were contained in the June 9 press statement, the country agreed with one Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum to procure the vaccines at the price alleged – in essence confirming the allegations.

However, in giving a step-by-step account of how the government had to settle on the deal, the Ministry said all attempts to get the vaccine at the ex-factory price of $10 failed.

The MoH claimed it responded to an offer made to the government by Sheikh’s office which eventually led to the signing of the agreement.

“Against the background of non-response from direct channels and global shortages of the vaccines, the MoH, on 9th March 2021, responded to an offer from the private office of H.H Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum of the United Arab Emirates (UAE) for the supply of a total quantity of 3.4 million doses of Sputnik V vaccines, at a unit cost of $19,” the MoH explained.

The contract

This explanation, however, is not a true reflection of what was signed off in the contract between the Government of Ghana and Sheikh’s office. The contract available to 3news.com shows that it was the Government of Ghana which rather approached Sheikh’s office.

“The Buyer approached the Seller to sell and supply Vaccine to the Buyer and the Seller is willing to sell and supply the Vaccine to Buyer, subject to the following terms and conditions,” part of the contract reads.

Contradictions

There have also been some observed contradictions from government officials regarding what the facts are on the matter.

While Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta confirmed that some money has already been paid for the vaccines, Chairman of the Health Committee of Parliament Dr. Ayew Afriyie claims no money has been paid yet.

“So far no funds have gone anywhere, about seven companies have letters and various prices ranging between $12 to $19 so if the impression is created as if it is one company,” he said while addressing the press at Parliament.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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Unexplained wealth must be criminalised if it doesn’t match lawful income – Kissi Agyebeng

All you need to know about Kissi Agyebeng, Ghana's Special Prosecutor  nominee

The Special Prosecutor-nominee, Kissi Agyebeng, says he is committed to dealing with unexplained wealth accrued by government officials if he’s confirmed.

Appearing before Parliament’s Appointments Committee, Mr. Agyebeng said he expects all the wealth of government officials to come from lawful sources.

“I will be looking out in respect of the sources of that income… whatever the source of the income is; should be lawful,” he said.

Asked if Ghana should criminalise unexplained wealth by the Minority Leader, Haruna Iddrissu, he surmised that it would depend on the defence of the person in question.

“If we are to place unexplained wealth in proper context, I will say that if the person cannot reasonably explain as matched against his lawful income the amount of money in question, then that aspect, in my opinion, should be criminalised. But if you can reasonably explain how you came by that amount of money, then that should be acceptable.

“If I were to place the burden on you; matched against your lawful income, and you cannot reasonably explain the shortfall as to how your lawful income falls short of your wealth, then I will be asking you questions and calling you in.”

As a general strategy for fighting corruption, Mr. Agyebeng said he would make graft a high-risk endeavour.

“I am going to make corruption very costly to engage in terms of conflict of interest,” he stated.

“My conscience and my learning of the law are going to be my guide,” the nominee also assured.

Attorney-General and Minister for Justice, Godfred Yeboah Dame, nominated Mr. Agyebeng, a law lecturer and private legal practitioner, as a replacement for Martin Amidu, who resigned from the position in November 2020 under very controversial circumstances.

Kissi Agyebeng was called to the Ghana Bar in October 2003 and holds a Bachelor of Laws (LLB) degree from the University of Ghana, as well as, Master of Laws (LLM) degrees from Schulich School of Law, Dalhousie University, Canada, and Cornell Law School, USA.

He has, since 2006, been teaching Criminal Law at the University of Ghana, whilst engaging in private law practice.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor has the mandate to investigate and prosecute all suspected corruption and corruption-related offenses as pertaining to public officers, politically exposed persons, and persons in the private sector alleged to have been involved in any corruption and corruption-related offenses.

Apart from initiating investigations on its own, Act 959 gives the Office of the Special Prosecutor the power to receive and investigate complaints of alleged corruption from the public or investigate suspected corruption or corruption-related offenses upon referral from public bodies such as the Attorney General’s Department, the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO).

Source :citinewsroom

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‘I need help’-Mother of triplets

Mrs Leticia Attiakpo (left) with  Mrs Theresa Anim, her mother, and the triplets

A mother of a set of triplets is appealing for help to cater for her children and also seek medical attention. She suffered a mild stroke after giving birth.

Mrs Leticia Attiakpo, 36, told the Daily Graphic that apart from her condition, the triplets were also born prematurely and, therefore, required constant medical care.

“I am asking for help to be able to treat myself, treat my children. I have mild stroke which is preventing me from working but I hope to get well in order to work and take good care of my children. I have an HND in Hotel, Catering and Institutional Management so if I get money I will start my own business by making pastries and other food items for sale,” she told the Daily Graphic.

No help

Mrs Attiakpo said she met her husband, a Togolese, five years ago at Asokore in the Eastern Region and they got married not long afterwards .

According to her, her husband was initially helping her to take care of the babies, but he vanished into thin air due to the expensive medical care for her treatment and that of the children.

“He was helping at the initial stages, but later vanished and I have not heard from him since. All efforts to locate him has proved futile,” she said.

She said taking the children to the hospital monthly for weighing was entirely her business until one Pastor Joseph Appiah offered to support her.

Mrs Attiakpo is currently at a spiritual centre in Koforidua seeking treatment for her predicament, while the children are with her mother, Mrs Theresa Anim, at Asokore.

Complications

Narrating the ordeal she went through during childbirth, she said she delivered after eight months of pregnancy through Caesarian Section at the Koforidua Regional Hospital and the babies would have died if the medical team had not put in much effort.

According to her, the first two babies fared better, but the third born was kept in an incubator for much longer due to complications.

“When the first two babies were discharged, they also started developing complications such as changes in the colour of their eyes, fingers,” she said.

In view of that she said they had to be put him back in an incubator.

“We moved from the pre-heat to light and that was back and forth with the two because as soon they were taken away from the light, you see them dying slowly, with their colour changing,” she added.

She said it took almost a year for the children to get well, but added that “they still suffered from lots of ailments and needed constant care.”

The children, who are currently three years, have started school, but their mother can neither pay their fees nor buy them the prescribed school uniforms.

The children go to school with their house attires, hoping that they will get their uniforms soon.

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The honeymoon is over – Speaker Bagbin declares

Mr.Alban S.K Bagbin

The Speaker of Parliament Alban Bagbin on Wednesday complained of errant behaviour of some Members of Parliament, which has affected their reputation and urged them to restore the dignity, majesty, the mighty and aura of parliament.

The Speaker complained about un-parliamentary behaviours and conduct of some of the legislators in the chamber touching on dressing, lateness and absenteeism, and tasked the Second Deputy Speaker to monitor the attendance of the members.

He referred to events of the dawn of 7th January 2021, and said it would require a conscious effort to remodel to profile of the Ghanaian MP.

In an address to the House on Wednesday afternoon, the Speaker took note of some behaviours unbecoming of some MPs, and urged, that they stopped forthwith to restore the dignity of the House.

The Speaker declared to them that, “the honeymoon is over,’ and asked the MPs to let the Ghanaian electorate continue to have good reason for voting them to represent them in the august House.

“We need to give the citizens enough reason to keep addressing us as MPs.” Speaker Bagbin urged.

Source: GNA

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