-Currently Hanging Out With Akufo Addo on Ashanti Tour
President Akufo Addo’s Jubilee House has already set in motion suspicious plans to shield Health Minister Kwaku Agyeman-Manu who connived with Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta to fraudulently give a US$ 60 million vaccine contract to the notorious Dubai royal, Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum.
While calls intensify for the resignation and possible prosecution of Agyeman Manu heightens, the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Osei-Opare has questionably granted the embattled Health Minister a two-week break to go “cool off”.
There was an earlier report that Agyeman-Manu had resigned, but the Minister debunked the report on his Facebook page, saying it was fake and that it must be disregarded with the “contempt it deserves”.
Instead, while calls for his resignation intensify, he is able to gather the courage to seek a two-week holiday, which was granted him by the Presidency.
Reports gathered by Whatsup News reveals that Agyeman-Manu who is the Dormaa Central MP, is currently chilling out in his constituency with President Akufo Addo who is currently in the Ashanti Region on a working tour.
The embattled Health Minister in the eye of a storm of a dubious contract signed with the middleman Sheikh Ahmed Dalmook Al Maktoum to supply Ghana some 3.4 million Sputnik V Covid-19 vaccines from Russia, even though Ghana had an open door with Russia to access the vaccines directly without any middleman.
Public pressure is mounting for Agyeman Manu to resign and be prosecuted for authorising the dubious deal by breaching procurement processes and ignoring to seek parliamentary approval for the deal, as required by the constitution.
In late July 2021, when he faced a nine-member ad hoc committee of Parliament probing the dubious transaction he told them unequivocally that no money had changed hands between Ghana and the Dubai middleman.
However, incontrovertible evidence that popped up afterwards showed that some US$ 2.85 million had already been paid to the Arab royal, even though he did not deliver the vaccines as stated in the contract.
The notorious Sheikh Al Maktoum was expected to supply some 300,000 vaccine doses as the first batch of delivery, but he only delivered 20,000 doses and still got paid 50% of the value of the 300,000 doses he was originally required to deliver.
Available documents show that the payment was ordered by Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta, who has also come under pressure to resign for his role in the dubious deal.