The chief executive of the Public Procurement Authority (PPA), Adjenim Boateng Adjei, was on Friday, 30 October 2020 fired by president Akufo-Addo based on recommendations by the Commission for Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
CHRAJ found Adjei guilty of conflict of interest following an investigative documentary by Manasseh Azure Awuni, a journalist, which alleged that a company Adjei co-owned had been selling government contracts it won through single-source and restrictive tendering to the highest bidder.
In its report to the Office of the President, CHRAJ stated among others that: “1. The Commission has determined that the Respondent is unfit to hold public office and is therefore disqualified from holding any public office for a period of five years. Accordingly, it is hereby directed that no appointing authority of the State should engage or appoint the Respondent (Mr. Adjenim Boateng Adjei) into any public office howsoever described for the said five (5) year period beginning from the date of this Decision.
“2. Consequent upon the above determination His Excellency the President of the Republic of Ghana, as the appointing authority of Respondent, should terminate the appointment of the Respondent as CEO of the PPA”.
“Besides the excessive nature of the volumes of cash, the pattern of the deposits and withdrawals also raised suspicions about the nature of the transactions. Accordingly, the Commission is referring the suspicious transactions in the Respondent’s Bank Accounts to the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) for further investigation under the Anti-Money Laundering Act, 2008 (749) as amended”.
Full CHRAJ report
Below is the full recommendations by CHRAJ: