Ghana’s Minister of State for Finance, Charles Adu Boahen, has been sacked by President Nana Akufo-Addo after charges of inappropriate behavior were made public by a prominent investigative journalist.
According to a presidential statement, Adu Boahen was sacked once the President learnt about the allegations.
The President also forwarded the case to the Special Prosecutor for additional investigation.
Finance Minister Ken Ofori-Atta is also facing calls for dismissal from members of parliament who accuse him of corruption and economic mismanagement as the country continues to grapple with its worst economic crisis in a generation.
The accusations against Ofori-Atta do not seem to be connected to the one made against Adu Boahen.
In Ghana, the second-largest gold producer in Africa, artisanal mining is common and makes up about one-third of the nation’s output. Boahen was accused of accepting kickbacks from artisanal mine investors in a recent exposé by investigative journalist Anas Aremeyaw Anas.
- Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia said in a statement that a video showed Adu Boahen “apparently using my name, inter alia, to peddle influence and collect money from supposed investors”.
- “I would like to state that if what the minister (Adu Boahen) is alleged to have said is accurately captured in the video, then his position as a minister of state is untenable. He should be dismissed summarily and investigated.”
Meanwhile, Ken Ofori-Atta, the country’s finance minister, is also under fire from members of parliament who accuse him of corruption and economic mismanagement.
On November 6, hundreds of protesters marched through Accra, the nation’s capital, demanding that President Nana Akufo-Addo step down amid an economic crisis that has driven up the price of food and fuel to all-time highs