Some persons and groups are really bent on seeing that the scandalous bus branding saga is given all deserving treatments as the law provides. One of such is a pressure group, Occupy Ghana.
Occupy Ghana has since been filled with fury over how the government is treating the aforementioned case, especially, the aspect of Smartty’s refund of the excess bill paid to her as directed by the same government.
According to the group, it intends to use the information to evaluate whether Ghanaians were shortchanged in the process. Therefore, in order to get the best out of the case, as they earlier vowed to, Occupy Ghana has filed a suit at the High Court against the government. In the suit, she demands that government provides her with all documents covering the transaction with Smartty’s Management and Production Limited, on the re-branding of 116 Metro Mass Transit Buses.
After investigations, as ordered by the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah, the Attorney General ordered Smartty’s Management and Production Limited to refund some GHc 1.9 million which is the excess amount discovered to have been paid to the company.
An earlier request from the group to the AG for information, was rejected on the bases that some aspects of the matter was in court.
However, Occupy Ghana says it is dissatisfied with the reason hence their decision to follow the case judicially.
Prior to this, the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) had called for the immediate prosecution of all persons indicted in the scandal. NPP’s Director of Communication, Nana Akomea insisted that attempts by government to shield persons indicted in the Attorney General’s report is a clear indication that the Mahama administration is not serious to fight corruption.
This Bus Branding deal, which has turned out to be a serious issue led to the sudden resignation of former transport minister, Madam Dzifa Attivor. At the time of her resignation last year, many were left puzzled as to the reason behind her move, but I feel the puzzle is being gradually solved now seeing the casese that are unfolding from the deal.
However, some leaked documents have revealed that the deal did not follow laid down procedures as stipulated in the law for procurement and award of projects.