CHRAJ has vindicated two presidential staffers of corruption allegations made against them by A-Plus a sympathizer of the governing NPP.
In September, Kwame Asare Obeng aka A-Plus took to Facebook to make vague allegations against President Nana Akufo-Addo’s two Deputy Chiefs of Staff, Francis Asenso-Boakye and Abu Jinapor.
It later emerged that the accusations had to do with the two putting pressure on the CEO of Korle-Bu Teaching Hospital, Dr Felix Anyah, to give back an on-site revenue-collection contract at the hospital to UniBank after the same contract had been terminated.
In a document containing its findings, CHRAJ said it was “satisfied that the evidence does not support the allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Messrs A. Jinapor and Asenso Boakye… the allegations could not be substantiated whatsoever.”
CHRAJ noted that the “relations between A-Plus and the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff appeared “frosty” and may have accounted for the allegations Mr Obeng levelled against the two.
It noted that “a possible strained relationship between Mr Kwame Asare Obeng and Mr Asenso-Boakye might have been extended to Mr Jinapor as well. That could possibly be the ulterior motive for the allegations Mr Asare Obeng levelled against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff.
The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) was petitioned by a group calling itself the Dynamic Youth Movement of Ghana after the two had been exonerated by controversial investigations by the Criminal Investigations Department [CID].
On receiving the complaint, CHRAJ received documents and statement from all involved in the matter and subjected them to critical scrutiny.
After evaluating the documents, evidence from all the parties involved, including the complainant, Korle Bu, the police, the two Respondents and the two banks, CHRAJ concluded there was no case against the two Deputy Chiefs of Staff and subsequently dismissed same.
“The Commission is satisfied that the evidence does not support the allegations of corruption and abuse of power against Messrs A Jinapor, and Asenso Boakye the two Chiefs of Staff. The allegations could not be substantiated whatsoever. Accordingly, this complaint is hereby dismissed as being without merit and totally unwarranted,” part of the 24-paged findings said.
The Criminal Investigations Department (CID), which also investigated the claims, also found the allegations baseless.
However, its investigation was marred by some controversy after an audio recording said to be a leaked recording of a conversation between the then-Deputy Director of the CID, ACP Maame Yaa Tiwaa Addo-Danquah and A-Plus, in which the police officer was heard advising A-Plus to deny the allegations because is a member of the NPP.
ACP Addo-Danquah denied the suggestions of a cover-up and accused A-Plus of doctoring the circulating audio, but the matter did not proceed further.
Observers believed that this audio compromised the integrity of the CID, and that its outcome into the investigations could not be trusted.