.… Turns Self-styled Consultant for AMERI, and says, ‘I was only helping them to renegotiate the deal’
The entanglement of Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, brother of the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, in the AMERI Energy conflict of interest scandal, has just grown deeper with Mr. Agyarko himself revealing that he had at a point agreed to be the company’s hireling.
In an interview with Accra-based Radio XYZ, Hon. Kyeremanteng Agyarko, who is the Member of Parliament (MP) for Ayawaso West Wuogon, revealed that AMERI had secretly contacted him and asked him to lead a renegotiation of the company’s deal with his own government.
And the MP says that he had agreed to lead the renegotiation on behalf of the company which is why he had followed the Addison Committee to Dubai at the expense of AMERI.
“I was only helping them to renegotiate the deal. They begged me to help them renegotiate. The AMERI man kept calling me,” he said, adding that the owner of AMERI had pestered him on Whatsapp until he agreed to help them renegotiate.
In other words, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko, who is the brother of the Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, had agreed to help AMERI renegotiate a deal that his own government says is bad, for which his own brother had set up a committee to investigate!
It gets even more interesting: one XYZ, Mr. Agyarko claimed that he had been dragged to Dubai; “I was dragged to Dubai. I am saying that if people think it is wrong, then let’s stop it.”
Apart from juicy commissions involved, it is hard to imagine anything else that could have “dragged” Mr. Agyarko to Dubai to “renegotiate” the AMERI contract, which his own government says is overblown by $150million.
Emmanuel Agyarko also says, “If people think that it is wrong then let’s stop it,” as if to say that realizing that it is improper to agree to renegotiate a contract on behalf of a company that your own government thinks is a rip-off is rocket science.
Interestingly, this is not the first time Mr. Agyarko has made self-implicating statements about his scandalous involvement in the AMERI conflict of interest mess. In the wake of the revelation by the opposition National Democratic Congress in April, this year, that he had followed the Addison Committee, which had been set up by his own brother, Energy Minister, Boakye Agyarko, to investigate the AMERI deal, to Dubai, Emmanuel Agyarko had said on Accra-based Citi FM that AMERI had attempted to peddle his influence.
According to him, owners of the Dubai-based company had asked him to use his position as brother of the Energy Minister to get him (Energy Minister) to soften his resolve to investigate the contract.
At the time, Emmanuel Agyarko had dismissed the owner of AMERI as a criminal, derogatorily describing him as a 29-year-old who was wanted by Interpol, questioning how the previous government had managed to allow him to come and rip-off the Ghanaian people.
It is after Mr. Agyarko had said all these disparaging things about the owners of AMERI that he is now coming out to reveal that the same man had contacted him secretly and asked him to help them renegotiate the contract with government. Mr. Agyarko reveals that he agreed to be the company’s hireling.
According to the Ayawaso West Wuogon MP, when he got to Dubai, however, he realized that AMERI did not have renegotiation in mind.
“It was when I got to Dubai that I noticed that he (AMERI owner) doesn’t want to renegotiate. They said renegotiation was out,” Mr. Agyarko told XYZ.
Interestingly, Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko’s trip had been on the hush-hush until former Deputy Minister for Finance in the erstwhile Mahama regime, Casiel Ato Forson, sounded the knell at a press conference in Accra.
According to the details, Mr. Agyarko had traveled to Dubai a few days after members of the Addison Committee, which had been commissioned to investigate the AMERI deal, had earlier left for Dubai.
Like members of the Addison Committee, he had flown on a first class plane ticket that had been procured by AMERI, which had also hosted the committee members in a five-star hotel and paid them per diems, creating an obvious conflict of interest scenario.
It is while the opposition NDC has demanded full disclosure on the trip that Mr. Emmanuel Kyeremanteng Agyarko himself is radio-trotting and singing like a canary bird.
Admitting to have traveled on the good graces of AMERI, the Energy Minister’s brother has now revealed that he actually agreed to help the company renegotiate the deal with his own government in which his brother is the Energy Minister.
The Addison Committee has since said the power deal with Africa and Middle East Resources Investment Group LLC (AMERI Energy) is a rip-off that has bled the public purse by some $150million in undeserved pay out to the company.
The 17-member committee has thus recommended that the contract, which was signed by the erstwhile Mahama regime, be renegotiated.