President of policy think tank, IMANI Africa, Franklin Cudjoe, has said that he is pleased with the dismissal of Electoral Commission chairman, Charlotte Osei and her two deputies.
Mrs. Osei and two of her deputies, Amadu Sulley and Georgina Opoku Amankwa, were on Thursday, June 28 removed from office as Commissioners of the Electoral Commission (EC) by Nana Akufo-Addo for breaching procurement laws in the award of several contracts in her three years at the helm of affairs at the EC.
According to Mr Cudjoe, this provides room for IMANI Africa to scrutinize other public institutions.
“Like we do in this country, some public officials, depending on their persona we canonize them too much and I think it is unfortunate. And I’m happy that this has happened because some of us are beginning to now go and look at every ministry, every agency because there is just a lot going on in several agencies that will fail this test and I think it is a good thing for me. I’m happy, I’m really happy this happened,” he said on Citi FM’s news analysis program, “The Big Issue”.
He further expressed sympathy for Charlotte Osei, saying that “she faced a lot of opposition by her deputies because of the way she was appointed, thus, making her an isolationist in the same institution she was supposed to chair.
“She could have sought help, probably from outside and probably spoken to people in authority that these were the challenges she was having. For some of the procurement issues, some of my understanding really is that there were all kinds of sharks prepared to eat from that same thing and she didn’t want it so she had to take certain actions which, unfortunately, has landed her in this trouble,” he added.
He however suggested a probe into the controversial $178 million KelniGVG contract.
“We need to uphold the rule of law at all times. Now, let us look at the curious case of the KelniGVG contract supervised solely by the Ministry of Communications and how it also violates the Public Procurement Act, and the Public Financial Management Act,” he added.
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