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‘I was not involved in the Agyapa deal-Kissi Agyebeng

The Special Prosecutor nominee Mr. Kissi Agyebeng has denied allegations that he was involved in the Agyapa Royalties deal.

According to him, such claims are unfortunate and from an uninformed position. The suggestion that he is the surrogate of a law firm that was involved in the transaction came from an uninformed position.

“Whoever says I am a surrogate of a law firm or implicates me in the Agyapa transaction clearly does not know me. Because, if you know me you wouldn’t make such allegations,” he told Parliament’s Appointment Committee today.

“The truth of the matter, ought to be told, I wasn’t involved in the deal, I was nowhere near it. Indeed, until it started coming up, I didn’t even know what it was, for the record, that is the truth. And so, for the record I am no one’s surrogate, I am my own man and I prefer to wear my own shoes”.

“And so, all these things that came up, came from uninformed positions cos (sic) I was not involved in the Agyapa transaction in any form or manner or any stretch of the imagination”.

It will be recalled that in April this year, the former Special Prosecutor Martin Amidu, in an opinion piece criticizing the nomination of Kissi Agyebeng as Special Prosecutor, suggested that his close association with the Attorney General, Godfred Dame, and the owner of Asaase Radio and co-founder of Africa Legal Associates, a law firm involved in the controversial Agyapa Royalties deal, got him the nomination. He [Martin Amidu] described Mr. Agyebeng as a surrogate of people who defended the controversial Agyapa Mineral royalties deal.

In an article, Mr. Amidu said: “anybody deeply knowledgeable about the Agyapa Royalties Transaction Corruption Risk Assessment report which resulted in my eventual resignation as the first Special Prosecutor knows that one of the beneficiaries of the Agyapa Royalties Transaction is Africa Legal Associates whose contract to participate in the transaction was found to be contrary to the Public Procurement Act and tainted by bid-rigging.”

“Until 20th March 2020 Agyapa Royalties Limited was incorporated as Asaase Royalties Limited on 5th November 2019 in Jersey, the United Kingdom. Anybody who cares to know, knows that the alter ego of Africa Legal Associates is a cousin of the President who also established Asaase Radio which began official transmission on 14th June 2020.”

“The Agyapa Royalties Transaction records show the role the President’s cousin who established Africa Legal Associates, and Asaase Radio played with White & Case LLP, of London, one of the foreign law firms in the suspected corruption transaction.”

Mr. Amidu suggested in his write-up that President Akufo-Addo was being pressurized to announce “their preferred choice as the Special Prosecutor.”

“Asaase Radio appears to have been so bent on pressurizing the President to announce their preferred choice as the Special Prosecutor (the Agyapa Special Prosecutor) that it forgot that the nomination letter by the Attorney-General was addressed only to the President. How then did the nomination letter of a new Special Prosecutor come into the public domain to make the rounds in the press?”

“Asaase Radio should also have told the Ghanaian and international public that its surrogate and nominee Special Prosecutor in the published letter is a personal friend and classmate of the Attorney General, and the owner of Asaase Radio all of whom attended the University of Ghana’s Faculty of Law, and Ghana Law School.”

However, answering questions during his vetting in Parliament on Thursday, July 22, 2021, Mr. Agyebeng stated that he would put in place the right systems that will help check. Adding that, his relationships with different people do not stop him from investigating cases that involve people he knows.

He said he will stay within his mandate and be guided by the Act that establishes his office to probe matters impartially.

“As for relationships, the fact that I was so close to you at some point in our lives would not give you the free pass because of that relationship. If there is a matter, I’m not going to say because I know one person or the other, I’m going to give the person a free pass. I’m certainly going to investigate, but the truth of the matter ought to be told.”

“For the record, that is the truth, and so I am no one’s surrogate. I am my own man, and I prefer to wear my own shoes” he said.

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