Information Minister, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has refuted claims by the Special Prosecutor that the government interfered with his work on the corruption risk assessment on the Agyapa Royalties deal.
According to Mr. Nkrumah, the Special Prosecutor willingly offered documents on his findings to the Presidency.
“Nobody requested him to do it. Nobody stopped him when he voluntarily presented a copy of his initial comments on the [Agyapa corruption risk assessment] report to the Presidency and asked for comments [from the President],” he said.
His comment follows a series of allegations against the government by the Special Prosecutor.
Among these allegations are claims of interference by the President in the discharge of Martin Amidu’s duties as Special Prosecutor.
Mr Amidu was emphatic that President Akufo-Addo had requested him to hold on with further actions on findings from the report.
But reacting to this on the Super Morning Show, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah insisted that Mr Amidu had offered government the opportunity to respond to the findings.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah added that the Special Prosecutor had requested for the comments and said they were to inform future executive actions.
“Nobody had asked him to bring them, he had brought them on his own,” Mr Nkrumah added.
He further noted that President Akufo-Addo inquired of Mr Amidu at the first meeting if he [Amidu] had given the persons concerned an opportunity to be heard which the Special Prosecutor responded in the negative.
“He said he had only requested documents. And there, the President was quite clear in that meeting that ‘well then my comments to you, I’ll ask that they are heard and I’ll share with you what their responses are,” he said.
“It was this delivery of comments perhaps that factor into the assessment that Mr Amidu interprets as interference,” he said.