Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, Member of Parliament for North Tongu, alleges that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has facilitated the departure of Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) Commissioner-General, Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah, along with his family, following the controversial GRA and Strategic Mobilisation Limited (SML) agreement. The audit of this agreement, currently underway by KPMG at the president’s directive, is now called into question as Owusu-Amoah is reportedly out of the country.
Ablakwa insists on immediate clarity from President Akufo-Addo regarding the circumstances surrounding the GRA Commissioner-General’s departure less than 24 hours after the president’s announcement of the audit. Ablakwa claims to have tracked Owusu-Amoah’s exit on January 3, 2024, accompanied by his family, via TAP Air Portugal, flight TP 1527 from Kotoka International Airport Terminal 3.
According to Ablakwa, Owusu-Amoah utilized an ordinary Ghanaian passport, not his Service Passport issued as GRA Commissioner-General in 2019, suggesting it was not an official trip. The family’s destination, São Tomé and Príncipe, raises concerns about their intent to return.
Ablakwa challenges the authenticity of Akufo-Addo’s commitment to the investigation, asserting that the GRA boss has been allowed to leave the country clandestinely. With KPMG having approximately six days left to report, Ablakwa questions the sincerity of the investigation into the SML scandal.
Furthermore, Ablakwa claims that Owusu-Amoah, fearing becoming a scapegoat after the SML exposé by Manasseh Azure Awuni, has expressed reluctance to return to Ghana. Ablakwa pledges the National Democratic Congress (NDC) Caucus in Parliament will demand an inquiry into Owusu-Amoah’s departure, seek sanctions for those facilitating it, and unravel any attempted cover-up.
Ablakwa urges Ghanaians to vote against what he labels a “fantastically corrupt Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP regime” in the upcoming elections, emphasizing the need to address what he perceives as monumental embarrassments and corruption within the government.
Below is his full post…
SML SCANDAL— WHY IS THE AKUFO-ADDO/BAWUMIA GOVERNMENT PRETENDING THEY HAVEN’T ASSISTED THE GRA BOSS & HIS FAMILY TO RUN OUT OF THE COUNTRY?
Can the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia government stop the despicable deception that they are seriously investigating the SML/GRA scandal.
President Akufo-Addo must immediately offer a sincere explanation to Ghanaians on the circumstances under which the Commissioner-General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah who signed the dubious SML contract was allowed to travel out of the country with his entire nuclear family less than 24 hours after Akufo-Addo’s 2nd January, 2024 press statement announcing that KPMG has been tasked to carry out an urgent audit into the sleazy affair.
My unimpeachable and irrefutable tracking of Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah reveals that on January 3, 2024, he led his family to swiftly and clandestinely leave the jurisdiction.
Exactly a week ago, the entire Owusu-Amoah family departed at 17:10 on TAP Air Portugal, flight TP 1527 from KIA-Terminal 3.
Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah used an ordinary Ghanaian passport issued on June 14, 2019, with its last four digits being 5283.
Interestingly, the runaway GRA boss did not travel with his Service Passport with 2702 as its last four digits. A Service Passport which was issued to him as GRA Commissioner-General on October 3, 2019. This development adds another layer of confirmation that Rev. Dr. Owusu-Amoah has not embarked on an official trip.
The Owusu-Amoahs’ first travel destination when they left Accra a week ago was São Tomé and Príncipe, and continuous tracking appears to paint a picture of a family in no hurry to return to Ghana, that is if they will ever return.
In the January 2, 2024 press statement from the Akufo-Addo/Bawumia presidency signed by Mr. Eugene Arhin, Ghanaians were informed that “President Akufo-Addo has tasked KPMG to complete the assignment in two weeks, and submit appropriate recommendations to him.”
The release additionally indicated that the “President has directed the Ministry of Finance and GRA to provide KPMG with whatever assistance they will require for conduct of the audit.”
Now here we are, the GRA boss who is to be audited has been surreptitiously assisted to leave the country.
It is also worth noting that KPMG has only about 6 days left to report to the President.
Clearly, President Akufo-Addo’s much touted investigations into the SML scandal is nothing but a sham.
Painstaking investigations further reveal that Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah has told a few very close friends and allies that he will never return to Ghana, particularly after realizing that there’s an elaborate scheme to make him a scapegoat following Manasseh Azure Awuni’s brilliant SML exposé — even though according to Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah, he only carried out the wishes of the same notorious looting cabal.
The NDC Caucus in Parliament shall be demanding an urgent inquiry into how Rev. Dr. Ammishaddai Adu Owusu-Amoah fled Ghana; we shall seek to identify and sanction the conspirators who facilitated his disgraceful escape despite presidential assurances of an urgent high-stakes KPMG audit; we shall be committed to unraveling the subsequent silence, grand deception and attempted cover-up.
Ghanaians must resolve to do all in our power to vote out this fantastically corrupt Akufo-Addo/Bawumia NPP regime in this year’s election.
We must uproot this government of endless monumental embarrassments.
We have really had enough!
For God and Country.