The minister of finance designate, Mr Ken Ofori Attah has refused allegations that he went over to the former special prosecutor, Martin Amidus’ home to influence him on the risk analysis of the Agyapa royalties deal.
Mr Amidu revealed that Mr Ofori Atta came to his house on 21st October, 2020 to persuade him on the content of the transaction when he was writing the report.
The former prosecutors’ allegations raised further concerns about the controversial agreement which had been heavily criticised by opposition parties and civil society organisations.
The deal sought to convert the countries gold royalties into securities so they could obtain more money for developmental projects.
Meanwhile, Ofori Attah said he only visited Amidu because he wasn’t feeling well and also, to provide him with some information he needed to know about the Agyapa royalty transaction.
He added that Martin Amidu is an independent person and can’t be influenced by anyone so he didn’t attempt to persuade him on his investigations.
The finance minister nominee had earlier criticize Martin Amidu adversely for bringing the risk assessment report to the public without comments from the finance ministry.
‘’For such a report to be put before the public [domain] without us or myself as a finance minister having a chance to discuss it is a disservice to our democracy,” he said.