Whatsup News has intercepted a November 16, 2017 letter from the Minister of National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah which clearly states that the controversial UK-based asset recovery company Kroll Associates was not to be engaged beyond 12 months.
In the letter, Mr. Kan-Dapaah wrote that Kroll was contracted based on Single-Sourcing as per public procurement rules and that the deal was for just 12 months.“The PPA [Public Procurement Authority] in the aforementioned letter has granted approval for the National Security Council Secretariat to use the Single Source Method to engage Kroll Associates UK Limited for a period not exceeding twelve (12) months,” Mr. Kan-Dapaah wrote to the Senior Minister and the Attorney General’s Department for action.However as at August 2019, the Office of the Senior Minister admitted that Kroll has been working since September 2017. In an August 23 letter to clarify the role of Kroll, the Senior Minister wrote: “Since September 2017, Kroll has been working with the Government of Ghana to undertake extensive and thorough investigations of allegations of wrongdoing and providing evidence of assets recoveries for possible prosecution,”Kroll was contracted by the office of the Senior Minister Yaw Osafo Marfo, through the Finance Minister around September 2017 to help the government of Ghana recover assets from past government officials. That contract as per the sole-sourced arrangement was not supposed to exceed November 2018.The saga of Kroll was exposed by the Auditor-General in its June 2019 report of audit conducted on Ministries and government agencies in 2018 where the Auditor-General revealed that Kroll Associates had been paid a whopping US$ 1 million without doing any work.“During our review of the contract of Kroll Associates, we noted that though there was no evidence of work done, the Ministry [of Finance] in 2018 paid an amount of US$ 1 million (the equivalent of GHC 4, 890,000) to the company,” the A-G said in its report.According to the A-G payments had been made several months to Kroll before an official contract was signed in September 2017.When the A-G officially wrote to the Ministry of Finance demanding proof of work done by Kroll Associates the Ministry referred to the Office of the Senior Minister who responded on August 23, 2019, given a scanty confirmation of the work supposedly done by Kroll Associates. It went on to explain that Kroll signed a letter of intent on 2nd February 2017 that allowed Kroll commence work on February 13, 2017. This statement alleging to provide proof to the A-G’s query has raised several disturbing questions, including exactly when Kroll started its supposed asset recovery work and why Ghanaian security agencies were by-passed from undertaking the claimed asset recovery. There are speculations that individuals within the Akufo Addo administration are behind the company Kroll Associates.