Ghanaian Lawyer Plans to Prosecute President Akufo-Addo Over Alleged COVID-19 Fumigation Fraud

Ghanaian lawyer plans to prosecute President Akufo-Addo for alleged misuse of $60M on unnecessary COVID-19 fumigation, drawing parallels to Trump's legal troubles. This could set a precedent for holding high-level officials accountable.

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Ghanaian Lawyer Plans to Prosecute President Akufo-Addo Over Alleged COVID-19 Fumigation Fraud

Ghanaian Lawyer Plans to Prosecute President Akufo-Addo Over Alleged COVID-19 Fumigation Fraud

Ghanaian lawyer Martin Kpebu has announced his intention to prosecute President Nana Akufo-Addo after his term ends for the alleged misuse of over GH¢500 million on unnecessary fumigation during the COVID-19 pandemic in 2020. Kpebu cited an investigative report by journalist Manasseh Azure Awuni, which revealed that the mass fumigation exercise was deemed unnecessary by district and municipal assemblies, but still cost taxpayers more than half a billion cedis.

According to the report, the President had no cause to spend such a large amount on fumigation when COVID-19 had already extincted. "The district and municipal assemblies had indicated that the fumigation was not necessary and would result in financial loss," Kpebu stated. He believes the President should face legal consequences similar to those faced by former US President Donald Trump.

Kpebu expressed his determination to file a complaint and prosecute the President once he leaves office. "I will be making a complaint to prosecute the President for this alleged misuse of funds," he said, drawing a comparison to the legal troubles of Trump.

Why this matters: The allegations of misuse of public funds during a global health crisis raise serious concerns about government accountability and transparency in Ghana. The outcome of this potential legal action could set a precedent for holding high-level officials responsible for their actions while in office.

Kpebu has also previously disclosed his intentions to sue former Finance Minister Kenneth Nana Yaw Ofori-Atta for profiteering over the state's bonds on the Eurobond market. The lawyer's plans to take legal action against the President and former Finance Minister highlight the growing scrutiny on government spending and alleged corruption in Ghana.

Key Takeaways

  • Ghanaian lawyer Martin Kpebu plans to prosecute President Akufo-Addo for alleged misuse of GH¢500 million on unnecessary fumigation.
  • Kpebu cites a report that district/municipal assemblies deemed the fumigation unnecessary, but it still cost taxpayers over half a billion cedis.
  • Kpebu believes Akufo-Addo should face legal consequences similar to those faced by former US President Donald Trump.
  • Kpebu also plans to sue former Finance Minister Kenneth Ofori-Atta for profiteering over the state's bonds on the Eurobond market.
  • The allegations highlight growing scrutiny on government spending and alleged corruption in Ghana.