Contrary to expectations that President Akufo Addo had exorcised himself from the demons of former Senior Minister Mr. Yaw Osafo Maafo by scrapping his portfolio, the President has clandestinely given him back what is seen as the exact same role with different nomenclature.
President Akufo Addo has appointed him as Senior Presidential Advisor even though that role will not be significantly different from his former portfolio where he was the main interface between the government’s ministries and parastatals and the Jubilee House. He even had his office at the Jubilee House then.
The new appointment is coming less than four months after reports that the scandal-prone Mr. Osafo Maafo had voluntarily retired from his “nebulous and amorphous” portfolio.
The old hawk, whose most memorable act as Senior Minister was the crooked payment of US$1million to UK company, Kroll and Associates for no work done, according to former Auditor-General Daniel Yaw Domelevo, announced his new title as Senior Presidential Advisor at the Birim Central Municipal Assembly, national broadsheet, Daily Graphic, has reported.
According to the story, the meeting had taken place at Akyem Oda in the Eastern Region on Tuesday, February 13th.
Osafo Maafo is said to have revealed to the people that President Akufo-Addo handed him the appointment only last week.
It is not what exactly his role definition is. In the first tenure of the government, Osafo Maafo had used his position as Senior Minister to virtually take over the role of Vice President Bawumia, Whatsup News had gathered from insiders.
A powerful power broker within the so-called “Akyem Mafia”, Maafo got the whole Presidency behind him when former Yaw Domelevo had surcharged him for the US$1million that he paid to Kroll and Associates.
Mr. Domelevo eventually paid dearly for taking his corruption fight to Osafo Maafo as he was hounded out into a forced retirement by Akufo-Addo.
Meanwhile, it is reported that in the meeting with the Birim Central Municipal Assembly, the former Senior Minister made a cash donation of Ghc25,000 along with roofing sheets to help victims of a recent rainstorm disaster at Akyem Oda.