AMERI War Update: Former Ministers Donkor, Jinapor Face CID Grilling

Three former ministers of the erstwhile John Mahama-led NDC government have been invited by Police Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service (GPS), to assist with the ongoing investigations into alleged financial misrepresentations in the long controversial AMERI Power Deal.

According to Joy News, the ex ministers to be grilled by the CID include: Former Minister of Power, Dr Kwabena Donkor; his deputy, John Jinapor and former Deputy Attorney General, Dominic Ayine.

The trio have reportedly indicated that they will honour the invitation on Monday, July 31st [today], not regarding heated objections from both the Majority and Minority Members of Parliament.

House Raids

John Jinapor on 28th July, had his residence searched by some personnel from the Ghana Police Service as part of the investigations into the AMERI deal.

Mr. Jinapor who is currently Member of Parliament for Yapei Kusawgu revealed he was about leaving for Parliament Friday morning when 3 security personnel showed up at his residence and held him hostage for about two hours.

The former Deputy Minister of Power narrated that the security personnel had a search warrant to look for documents related to the AMERI contract. He also revealed that two of the policemen were armed with AK 47 assault rifles which frightened his children a great deal.

At the end of the day, the search team went away with his iPhone.

In a similar manner, personnel from the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) of the Ghana Police Service stormed the house of one-time Minister of Power, Dr. Kwabena Donkor on Monday, 24th July.

The CID personnel who had a search warrant from the court, came with no other motive than to seek and retrieve documents implicating the former minister in the controversial AMERI contract. According to them, he is under on suspicion for causing financial loss to the state through the AMERI deal.

Donkor had his laptops and pen drives seized by the search team. They would have also collected his phones if not for the former minister’s resistance.

Speaking to Citi News same day, Dr. Donkor lamented not having a prior information on his alleged indictment in the Ameri issue.

“I read for the first time on the warrant that I was the suspect for causing financial loss. Nobody has cautioned me, nobody has tried me. I’ve never been told anywhere that I’ve caused financial loss…,” he lamented.

Meanwhile, Kwabena Donkor has declared his innocence in the Ameri issue, stating that he is ready to meet his accusers in court.

A former Technical Advisor on the power deal, Francis Dzata has also had his house raided over the same matter.

Ameri Power Deal

The Ameri Power Deal is a Build, Own, Operate and Transfer (BOOT) agreement signed between Ghana and UAE-based energy company, AMERI in the heat of the 2015 crippling energy crisis under the John Mahama administration.

The deal which stood at a whopping cost of $510m specifically involves the installation of 10 General Electric TM 2500 aero-derivative gas turbines at the Aboadze Power enclave, near Takoradi in the Western Region. Click here to get full details of the Ameri energy contract.

Majority against AMERI; Calls for Contract Withdrawal

Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa and former Deputy Minister of Energy, Kobina Tahir Hammond, on Tuesday July 25th, filed an urgent motion in Parliament for the Ameri deal to be rescinded.

Speaking to Daily Guide on the issue, Mr. Hammond stated that he has ample evidences with which to prove that there were “gross misrepresentations” in the deal, hence the need for it to be revoked.

NPP officials are from the onset not happy with the Ameri deal, particularly on the allegation that it was overpriced.

The Akufo-Addo government on assuming office promised to look into the matter to decide if the contract would be reviewed or abrogated. Their investigations have since moved from the activities of the Philip Addison-led committee, down to the ongoing house raids.

And from the way things are going, it appears the Ameri deal has been “criminalized”, with all participants in the agreement now regarded as suspects.