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The 21 Mahama-era appointees, cronies and friends facing prosecution by the government are:

Ghana Cocoa Board (COCOBOD)

Main charge: Wilfully causing financial loss to the state. The case involves procurement of fertiliser for the 2014/15 cocoa season from a company owned by one of the accused. The prosecution alleges it was a back-door deal, that the fertiliser procured was improperly tested and ineffective, and that the deal, worth roughly GHC417 million in total, in no way offered value for money.

Case brought: March 2018

On trial: Seidu Agongo, Agricult Ltd, Stephen Opuni

Microfinance and Small Loans Centre (MASLOC)

Charges: 80 counts of improper payment of public funds, money laundering, stealing, causing financial loss to the state, causing loss of public property, making unauthorised commitments resulting in financial obligation on the part of government and contravention of the Public Procurement Act. The prosecution alleges that monies intended for investment and public education campaigns were diverted into private accounts.

Case brought: January 2019

On trial: Daniel Axim, Sedina Tamakloe Attionu

National Communications Authority (NCA)

Main charge: Causing financial loss to the state. The case involves the purchase of Pegasus spying equipment. The accused are said to have diverted US$4 million, out of a deal worth $8m, for their own purposes, and a further $1.5m for use as sweeteners to the NCA board.

Case brought: June 2018

On trial: Eugene Baffoe-Bonnie, Nana Owusu Ensaw, George Dereck Oppong, Alhaji Salifu Mimina Osman, William Tetteh-Tevie

Social Security and National Insurance Trust (SSNIT)

Main charges: Causing financial loss to the state, defrauding by false pretences, contravention of the Public Procurement Act, possession of forged documents, authoring forged documents. Another procurement matter, involving the purchase of computer software and hardware for SSNIT. A contract initially negotiated at $34 million – possibly inflated in the first instance – ballooned to expenditure so far of $67m, with the potential to rise to $74m. The software acquired is described as not fit for purpose.

Case brought: July 2018

On trial: Caleb Kweku Afaglo, Peter Hayibor, Juliet Hasana Kramah, John Hagan Mensah, Ernest Thompson

Venture Capital Trust Fund

Charges: 86 counts of stealing, defrauding by false pretences, wilfully causing financial loss to the state worth GHC42 million, abetment of crime and issuing fake cheques.

The six accused are said to have used the names of various companies belonging to other people to obtain loans without the knowledge, permission or consent of the company owners.

Case brought: April 2019

On trial: Richard Agbenyefia (former NDC MP for Keta), Irene Anti-Mensah, Daniel Duku, Frank Aboagye Mensah, Charity Opoku (aka Charity Ameyaw), Kofi Sarpong

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