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Audio Attachment:The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, contends that if indeed the Commission did write in its final report about an unaccounted for amount of US$5m, “then it’s one more example of the useless work that they did.”
 


 
Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr.
 
 
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The Editor-in-Chief of the New Crusading Guide newspaper, Kweku Baako Jnr, has challenged some findings contained in the [email protected] Commission of Inquiry Report about a missing US$5million, describing it as “useless.”

Mr. Baako contends that if indeed the Commission did write in its final report about an unaccounted for amount of US$5m, “then it’s one more example of the useless work that they (Commission) did.”

“During the entire sitting of the Commission, this document (about the alleged US$5m), was not made available to the two principal actors (Mpiani & Wereko Brobbey), nor were they questioned about it. It was after the end of its work…that was why recently Wereko-Brobbey raised issues about some “secret workings of the commission”…so if the commission wrote in its final report about some missing US$5m, it’s one more example of the useless work that they did…I’m not talking about the newspaper (Dispatch), I’m dealing with the Commission…,” he stated.

A Research Desk Report in the Daily Dispatch publication of today, Wednesday 6th Jan, said “one of the unanswered questions in the Justice Isaac Duose Commission of Inquiry on [email protected] is the whereabouts of a loan facility of IS$5m (about ¢48billion).

According to the Daily Dispatch, “part of the minutes of a December 5th 2006, meeting of the Cabinet sub-committee on [email protected] Independence celebrations states that the Secretariat “had received a formal offer from Stanbic Bank to provide a loan of ¢48billion to undertake the renovation and refurbishment of the Ghana Trade Fair Centre, Kwame Nkrumah Mausoleum, Du Bois Centre, National theatre…”

But contributing to a panel discussion on PEACEFM's "Kokrokoo", Mr. Baako dismissed the report saying “there is no US$5m dollars missing anywhere”.

“The Stanbic Bank Loan was US$17m dollars and wasn’t US$5m in the first place. It’s (a) public document approved by parliament. It had nothing to do with [email protected] nothing,” he stressed.

He accused the ruling party of using the [email protected] probe for “political capital and as a propaganda tool.” According to him, the NDC only wanted one thing out of [email protected]

“Put it on TV, let people go there, say all sorts of things, let Allotey (Jacobs) go on radio and run riot with it. That’s all. It was for political capital. Many of the recommendations and observations by the [email protected] commission were predictable. Ayariga, Victor Smith and the rest said them on campaign platforms…almost the same and identical in terms of views, observations and recommendations and findings,” he alleged.

The avowed NDC critic disclosed that sooner than later, the legality of the [email protected] Commission of Inquiry will be tested in court following what he claims are gross procedural defects.

“The legality of the Commission has been questioned and will very soon be tested in court, sooner than later…We’re developing democracy…whether indeed that Commission applied the appropriate procedures required of Commissions of Inquiry to this work and whether if they didn’t, they had the business proceeding with the sittings. It’ll be tested in court and if the court says yes, we’ll live with it,” Mr. Baako stated.
 
 
Source: Kwadwo Asante/Peacefmonline.com/Ghana
 
 

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