A Ghanaian, Daniel Kwasi Amponiy, has petitioned the Office of the Special Prosecutor to probe an alleged US$81bn financial malfeasance separate housing contracts signed by former Works and Housing minister, Samuel Atta Akyea in 2018/2019.
The petition, which was sent to the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, and signed by Daniel Kwasi Amponiy in his capacity as a citizen of Ghana, requested the Special Prosecutor to investigate and prosecute the Member of Parliament for Akim Abuakwa South Atta Akyea for causing financial loss to the state.
The petitioner said, per documents available to him, Mr Atta Akyea, allegedly violated the legislative functions of Parliament as stipulated in article 93(2) of the Constitution in signing the contracts in question.
The petition reads: “In actual fact, there’s detection of official fraud and malfeasance by the actions of Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea, and it is a flagrant breach of section 179A (3) (a) of the Criminal and Other Offences (Act 29), 1960 (as amended).”
Samuel Atta Akyea was appointed as minister for Works and Housing on February 7, 2017 by the President Nana Akuffo-Addo, and served until January 7, 2021.
Below is the full petition…
Kissi Agyebeng Esquire
The Special Prosecutor
Office of the Special Prosecutor
Tuesday December 14, 2021
PETITION: Malfeasance/Financial Loss To The State By Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea
Please accept my compliments.
I am petitioning your good office with this written indictment of Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea who served as the Minister for Works and Housing until January 2021, and the current Member of Parliament of Akim Abuakwa South.
In September 19, 2019, “Whatsupnews” in a publication with the headline; “ATTA AKYEA SIGNS WHOPPING US $1BN IN TOTAL HOUSING CONTRACT” indicted the former Works and Housing minister over alleged financial irregularities and malfeasance.
Again, around the same time there were a series of publications on a couple of online streaming platforms with the following headlines;
“Atta Akyea signs two contracts again for August and December 2018 to the tune of $4.483 billion and $43.827 billion respectively without parliamentary approval”
“Atta Akyea signs contract worth $961 million for the construction of houses without parliamentary approval in August 2018”
Respectfully sir, reading through these news publications, and a couple of documents available to this petitioner, it is quite clear that the former Works and Housing Minister violated the legislative functions of Parliament as stipulated in article 93(2) of the Constitution in signing the contracts in question.
In actual fact, there’s detection of official fraud and malfeasance by the actions of Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea, and it is a flagrant breach of section 179A(3)(a) of the Criminal and Other Offences(Act 29), 1960 (as amended).
It is in this light that I’m petitioning your good office to look into this matter and if possible institute criminal action against Hon. Samuel Atta Akyea for causing financial loss to the state.
Criminal misdemeanour should be accorded the seriousness it deserves by allowing the criminal justice system to interpret and assess its social impact and apportion punishment as prescribed by law. Which is why, this petition needs to be treated with utmost urgency and seriousness.
Citizen of Ghana
Meanwhile, the office of former Works and Housing minister, Samuel Atta Akyea, has reacted to the petition that has been filed at the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) to have him investigated over some contracts he signed during his tenure as minister.
Mr Atta Akyea’s aide, Gideon AnnorKwasi, told 3news.com in an exclusive interview on Thursday December 16, that the Lawmaker for Akim Abuakwa South is a firm believer in the rule of law hence, will not act in ways that will preempt the work of the Special Prosecutor.
To that end, he said, they are waiting to be invited by the OSP to take their reaction to the petition.
He called on all well-wishers and constituents of Mr Atta Akyea to calm down because he discharged his duties creditably while in Office.
“The MP cannot pre-empt any action of the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
“He would want to inform all well-wishers and his constituents that he discharged his duties diligently.”
Mr Atta Akyea was appointed as minister for Works and Housing on the 7th February, 2017 by the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo-Addo, and served until January 7th 2021.