– NPP Communication Thread Reveals:
The Republic has intercepted a communication thread betwixt the Attorney General’s Department, the Economic and Organized Crimes Office (EOCO) and the police and can report on authority that a huge wave of arrests and prosecutions are in the offing.
The New Patriotic Party (NPP) government is poised to be the boogeyman for not only former appointees of the erstwhile Mahama administration, but even people perceived to be close associates of such former regime actors.
Shocking layout of a part of a dossier that The Republic has gleaned indicates that the first seven months of the administration has partly been spent building dockets against former regime actors.
There is tight collaboration between EOCO, the AG’s Office and the police to pedantically go through the archives of all government agencies with a fine toothcomb on fishing expeditions for grounds to hound.
So far, a number of appointees have been caught and there is preparation to pounce on them.
This paper can however report that a list of names that the ‘Today’ newspaper had earlier published as targets of arrest and prosecution is not wholly right.
We can also report that it is not the Vice President and the Economic Management Team that is investigating out victims, but EOCO, in collaboration with the AG’s Department and the police as a loose tag-along.
EOCO has already invited some of the targets and started investigations. Readers would recall the likes of Ibrahim Mahama, Sedina Tamakloe-Ationu and the recent raiding of the homes of Dr. Kwabena Donkor and a Technical Director of the Energy Ministry.
The Republic has picked up that these persons, so far are regarded as low hanging fruits for the prosecutorial agenda. At the heights of the ambitions, former First Lady, Mrs. Lordina Mahama, is also a target.
A source who has spoken to The Republic expressed worry over the sheer number of appointees under target.
“It is as if the whole NDC government was made up of criminals. There are people who are going to be pursued over MOUs that were not even put into action,” the source said.
From the scale of the names and cases, the source said it will not be surprising if the whole four-year tenure of the NPP is not used to partly pursue former regime actors.
“I wonder why Ghanaians would want to do this to fellow Ghanaians. Our democracy is only a joke,” the source lamented.
The Republic is not in position to name names because a ditto revelation of the contents will compromise our source.
The part of the dossier this paper has seen is 69 pages and its open-ended conclusion suggests it is only part of a larger document.
Interestingly, the sheer number of names that are under investigation belies President Akufo-Addo’s claim at his first encounter with the press that it is the prosecution of only a few former regime actors which is in the pipeline.
From a 69-page chunk of a larger dossier that The Republic has seen, as many as 17 former appointees, mostly heads of state agencies, are likely to be prosecuted, given the posture of the investigations.
Meanwhile, indications are that the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) is restless over the hounding of former government actors.
The NDC, which has already served notice of its preparedness to lead a revolution against what is seen as the reign of terror under Akufo-Addo, is being invoked from within to start a public defense against the perceived witch hunting.
It is said that the party, led by Comrade Kofi Portuphy, has however decided to wait for the NPP to demonstrate to all Ghanaians that it does not rule in peace and then the response can be given, so that nobody in the international community will have cause to cite the NDC as the villains.
In the eight-year period that the NDC had ruled, it had intentionally overlooked a lot of things that actors in the erstwhile Kufuor government could have been hounded for, in the interest of peace, but according to sentiments from militants within the party, that overlook was foolish.
As the NPP has decided to witch-hunt, the NDC might, in the coming days, resurrect passions over issues, including the 2008 overbloated investment in the building of the Flagstaff House, the Ghana@50 scandal, the GNPC Drill Ship saga, the sale of state lands which both President Akufo-Addo and the Chief Justice, Sophia Akuffo, had allegedly benefited from and the EO Group scandal, among others.
President Akufo-Addo’s alleged demand of bribe from Rockshell when he was Minister for Foreign Affairs too is in the line to be resurrected.
The NDC seemed to be poised to raise this to serve as bases to start motions, especially demonstrations that could also lead to a revolution.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/ Fiifi Samuels