Dr. Cassiel Ato Forson, a former deputy minister of finance, and two other people are accused of buying ambulances that were allegedly unsafe for use. Dr. Ato Forson has begun defending himself against the allegations.
Dr. Ato Forson, the minority leader in parliament at the moment, Sylvester Anemana, a former chief director at the ministry of health, and Richard Jakpa, a private businessman, are accused of intentionally causing the state to lose €2.37 million through a contract to buy 200 ambulances for the ministry of health.
Henry Myles Mills, the head of dispute resolution and litigation at Stanbic Bank, was summoned as Ato Forson’s first witness in court on Tuesday, June 20. Forson is the first accused party.
Dr. Ato Forson, who serves as the minority leader in parliament, Sylvester Anemana, a former chief director at the Ministry of Health, and Richard Jakpa, a private businessman, are accused of intentionally causing the state to suffer a financial loss of €2.37 million through a contract to buy 200 ambulances for the Ministry of Health.
They have entered a not guilty plea to the five charges of purposefully misusing public property, aiding criminal activity, violating the Public Procurement Act, and knowingly inflicting financial harm to the state.
Dr. Forson was given a GHc3 million self-reconnaissance bond, while Anemana received a GHc1 million bail with three surgeries, one of which must be performed by a state official with at least the rank of Director.
On the other side, businessman Richard Jakpa was given a bail of GHc5 million with three sureties, one of whom had to be supported by paperwork for a land parcel.
Kwaku Agyemang-Manu, the Minister of Health, was one of five witnesses summoned by the prosecution, which was led by the Attorney General, Godfred Yeboah Dame, and the Director of Public Prosecutions, Yvonne Atakora-Obuobisa, to bolster its case.