Reinstate me now! – EC director fumes

Embattled Finance Director of the Electoral Commission (EC), Joseph Kwaku Asamoah, has through his lawyers, written to the Commission to immediately reinstate him or face his wrath.
Sources at the Commission said,  the letter, which was copied to the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO), maintained  that “Mr. Kwaku-Asamoah is currently not under investigation, and must not be restrained from performing his duties”.

About seven months ago, the finance director, together with the Commission’s two deputy chairpersons, were directed to proceed on leave for investigations into the missing GHc 480, 000 from the EC’s Staff Endowment Fund.
But our sources said,  his lawyers in the letter argued that, it was  unjust for him to be locked out of his office when the alleged malfeasance did not happen under him.

Meanwhile, Today  has also sighted an advise from the Attorney General’s Office asking EOCO to conduct a comprehensive independent forensic audit of the EC’s Staff Endowment Fund to deepen the investigation.

In the Attorney General’s opinion, EOCO’s investigations failed to prove whether any money was indeed misappropriated, and how much was involved.
Last Monday EOCO, rejected media reports suggesting that it has cleared the Deputy Chairperson of the Electoral Commission in charge of Corporate Services, Georgina Opoku Amankwah of any wrongdoing following a probe into the GHc480,000 believed to have gone missing from the EC’s Senior Staff Endowment Fund.

“We wish to emphatically and categorically state that no such clearance has been issued to any of the Officers of the Electoral Commission who are on leave,” EOCO said in a brief statement issued on Tuesday, January 23, 2018.

Madam Amankwah together with Dr. Asamoah and another director of the EC were directed to proceed on leave in July 2017, to enable EOCO investigate the matter.

Although she forcibly resumed duty last week, Madam Amankwah and her lawyer after meeting with EOCO officials, agreed on a 14-day ultimatum by which time she wants the EOCO report on her to be ready.

 

She vowed to return to work if she does not receive any response from EOCO.

This ultimatum was agreed upon after officials of the investigative body stormed her office to prevent her from occupying it.

But even before the 14-day period elapses, the Daily Guide newspaper in its January 23, 2018 edition, reported that some documents available to it from the Attorney General’s Department suggest that the affected officers including Opoku Amankwa have been cleared of any malfeasance.
But EOCO in its statement said the claims by the paper were untrue.

 

Story: Gottlieb BAAKO

Writer’s email: edwardblagogee@gmail.com

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