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OSP initiates probe into SML-GRA contract following The Fourth Estate’s exposé

January 18, 2024
OSP initiates probe into SML-GRA contract following The Fourth Estate's exposé
Special Prosecutor

The Investigates Alleged Irregularities in Strategic Mobilization Ghana Limited (SML) and (GRA) Contract

The Office of the Special Prosecutor () has officially commenced a preliminary investigation into the contractual arrangements between Strategic Mobilization Ghana Limited (SML) and the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA). This move comes in response to a complaint filed on December 18, 2023, by The Fourth Estate, a project of the , represented by journalists Evans Aziamor-Mensah, Adwoa Adobea-Owusu, and Awuni.

The OSP, as disclosed in its half-yearly report released on December 29, 2023, stated that the investigation is centred around possible and potential breaches of the Public Procurement Act related to the contractual arrangements between SML and GRA. The complaint alleged irregularities in the 10-year contract awarded to SML, which reportedly accrues $100 million annually, and raised concerns about underhand dealings.

The Office of the Special Prosecutor emphasized its commitment to investigating matters within its mandate and policy, aiming to protect the privacy of individuals and the business operations of institutions and companies.

Background: The Fourth Estate's investigative report released in December 2023 implicated SML, GRA, and the in alleged irregularities. The report claimed that SML had been awarded a 10-year contract, contrary to SML's assertion of a 5-year contract. SML also denied the reported $100 million annual revenue from the contract.

In response, the GRA maintained that the procurement processes were appropriately followed in securing the services of SML. President Nana Addo Dankwa subsequently directed SML to suspend its ongoing revenue assurance operations, ordering an immediate audit by the firm into the contract with GRA and the Ministry of Finance.

SML, in a statement, welcomed the audit, expressing confidence that it would establish a clear and accurate understanding of its operations. The outcome of the ongoing investigation and audit will be closely watched for its potential impact on the SML-GRA contract controversy.

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