Charged! AFAG demands swift retrieval of excess cash from Smarttys

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on Thursday, ordered the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to recover GH¢1.9 million from Smartty’s Management Limited for the rebranding of 116 buses.

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Selassie Ibrahim, CEO of Smartty’s Management Limited play

Selassie Ibrahim, CEO of Smartty’s Management Limited

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Pressure Group, Alliance for Accountable Governance, AFAG has urged government to swiftly retrieve the excess payment made to Smarttys Productions in the raging controversy over the rebranding of 116 government buses.

The Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah on Thursday, ordered the Attorney General and Minister for Justice to recover GH¢1.9 million from Smartty’s Management Limited for the rebranding of  116 buses.

The Chief of Staff Julius Debrah gave the directive after studying the report of the AG's probe into the scandal.

AFAG has subsequently, welcomed the move of government to retrieve the money, but was quick to add that "this step notwithstanding, is incomplete until the full complement of the law has been applied."

In a statement, AFAG asked: "Be it as it may, AFAG will like to know whether the excess payment has been repaid? When it was made? Was there value for money audit before payment? Did the procurement board grant smarty's sole sourcing rights? Is there a criminal intent in the transaction?"

Below is the full statement:

RETRIEVE SMARTY's "BAD" CASH

Though the resignation of the minister for transport is welcomed, it is not enough for God & country. We commend however, the swift action taken by government to retrieve the stolen money. This step notwithstanding, is incomplete until the full complement of the law has been applied.

Be it as it may, AFAG will like to know whether the excess payment has been repaid? When it was made? Was there value for money audit before payment? Did the procurement board grant smarty's sole sourcing rights? Is there a criminal intent in the transaction?

Fellow Ghanaians, under the current precarious economic circumstances, such an unconscionable act must be made to face the full wrath of the law. The records should be set straight on this transaction, and any greedy bastard (who have sent this country begging on its knees) trading off our common goal for their paroquial interest punished.

Our simple questions need not escape your attention Mr. President.

We wish Ghanaians a prosperous New Year.

Signed

Wesley Owusu

Arnold BOATENG

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