No evidence to prosecute Central Medical Stores arsonists – Minister

The prosecution of 12 people said to be the arsonists behind the Central Medical Stores fire in Tema is still in limbo.

The situation, the Minister of Health has explained, is due to lack of evidence for a successful prosecution.

Hon. Kwaku Agyemang Manu on Adom FM’s morning show, Dwaso Nsem Friday revealed that, even forensic auditors employed to undertake the investigations have been unsuccessful.

The Central Medical Stores in Tema containing every conceivable drug imported into the country before onward distribution to the various regions was razed by fire on January 13, 2015.

Ghana’s stock of medical supplies that was lost after the fire was estimated at GH¢237 million.

A report released after the fire by the Bureau of National Investigations attributed the incident to arson.

Show host, Afia Pokua (Vim Lady) shocked at the Health Minister’s comments
Four years after the fire, prosecution has not been successful; a situation that donor partners like the Global Fund and US-Aid had expressed worry about.

But, the Health Minister said they are cracking their brains to find watertight evidence against the 12 suspects.

“Two days after the incident occurred, all the evidence was cleared so it has become very difficult to back our claims with evidence,” he bemoaned.

This notwithstanding, the Minister said they won’t rest on their ores in finding evidence to ensure the perpetrators are brought to book.

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