The Institute for Liberty and Policy Innovation (ILAPI), a policy think tank that won the 2017 African Think Tank Shark Tank in South Africa, has petitioned the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) to further investigate the $178 Kelni GVG contract.
The 12 page petition which was presented to CHRAJ by the CEO of ILAPI, Mr. Peter Bismark Kwofie, and copied to Newsghana.com.gh indicated that, the complaint was logged in the name of ILAPI and its CEO, but on behalf of all Ghanaians in pursuance of the public law objectives established under Article 41(f) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana, which empowers all citizens to take steps to combat the misuse of public funds as a public duty, especially in the spirit of Article 35(8), which proscribes practices contributory to abuse of power.
“The basis of our complaint is that, the Common Monitory Platform (CMP) procurement processes were rigged to enable collusive bidding, thereby predetermining the outcome in favour of the KelniGVG bid, and that this conduct amounts to abuse of office, malfeasance, maladministration, conflict of interest and acts preparatory to the facilitation of corruption,” Mr. Bismark noted.
He added that, “We shall provide facts already in the public domain to support this position and urge CHRAJ to conduct detailed, further, investigations of the sort warranted by the sheer amounts of public funds involved – $178 million.”
According to Mr. Bismark, “This petition is against the ministry of communications, the national communications authority, the public procurement authority & the central tender review committee for inappropriate administrative actions & decisions, and willful breach of the public procurement act, 2003 (act 663) as amended by the public procurement (amendment) act, 2016 (act 914), in relation to the procurement activities surrounding the award of the common monitoring platform contract to the joint venture consisting of kelni ltd and global voice group for an amount of us $ 178 million.”
The petition encompasses every detail about the entire deal from ground zero, and why the Institute is with the assertion that the deal looks fraudulent and burdensome to the taxpayer.