“They are Moving the Country from Taxation to Robbery Instead to Production that We were Promised” – Domelevo on Agyapa Royalties Deal

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According to Daniel Yaw Domelevo, the former Auditor-General, the failed Agyapa Gold Royalties contract is an obvious example of embezzlement of public funds.

The government paid US$12 million on the disastrous deal, according to Edward Nana Yaw Koranteng, Chief Executive Officer of the Minerals Income Investment Fund (MIIF).

In an interview with TV3’s Hot Issues host Keminni Amanor on Sunday, March 17, the former Auditor-General emphasised that the current methods are “tolerating the irregularities.”

“If it had happened earlier on and it was nipped in the bud and people were not tolerated even government sanctioning the various people and actions were taken, people would have been deterred. But then they came strong and said they have to do it and the impunity continues,” he said, adding that swift action from a President deters public servants.

He maintained that if people were sanctioned following the risk analysis report by former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, the country would have been saved from spending the US$12 million on such a deal.

The former Auditor-General did not mince words, saying that the country is being moved from “taxation to robbery” instead of from taxation to production, as the President promised Ghanaians.

He continued by saying that “if monies which should not be paid have been paid and we are taxing people, they are moving the country from taxation to robbery instead to production that we were promised. Now we are robbing everybody. Even the money that we are using to pay them, they tax you on it so this is robbery. We are robbing people and using it this way. I can’t get it.”

“So it is the tone at the top which determines leadership”, he reiterated.

He, therefore, questioned what actions the government has taken against its appointees who have been named in corruption-related offenses, emphasising that President Akufo-Addo has been “too tolerant when it comes to corruption”.

Source: 3news



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