The governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) has said it will ensure that a former deputy Energy Minister, Kobina Tahiru Hammond is arrested and prosecuted for his role in the sale of Ghana’s drill ship as soon as he loses his seat and its attendant immunity.
According to the General Secretary of the party, Johnson Asiedu Nketia, the Member of Parliament for Adansi Asokwa, Kobina Tahiru Hammond, will stand trial if he loses his seat in elections this year.
K T Hammond in trouble over drill ship saga
A government white paper on a report presented by the Judgment Debt Commission directed the Economic and Organised Crimes Office (EOCO) to investigate K.T Hammond on the disbursement of $900,000 from the sale of the drill ship which belonged to the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC) .
Per the directive K T Hammond must account for the difference of $900,000 after the drill ship was sold at $25 million to in 2001 to defray a $19.5 million debt owed Societe-Generale Bank.
KT Hammond subsequently sued the government for directing the Economic and Organised Crime Unit (EOCO) to investigate him over the drill ship saga.
According to K.T. Hammond, the directive “is unconstitutional, unlawful and a violation of my fundamental human rights.”
But speaking at the launch of an outreach programme for Volta caucus nationwide at Fumso in the Ashanti Region, Mr Asiedu Nketia hinted that government is waiting for Mr Hammond to lose his seat and face the law.
The outreach programme, which was held in Mr Hammonds Adansi Asokwa Constituency, saw the inauguration of a special door-to-door campaign to increase the gains of the NDC in settler communities in the Ashanti Region.
Mr Asiedu Nketia urged party members to vote out the incumbent in the upcoming elections.