The recent commentary from Imani Africa (and I am being polite in describing it as commentary) is as barefaced and malevolent a hatchet job as one could hope to see. The blatant disregard for accuracy and fair comment reeks of malice aforethought.
Throughout the piece, there is evidence aplenty of an unwillingness to do the kind of basic research work that ought to inform commentary on such weighty matters. So much could have been ascertained and verified by anyone ready to do the spadework and intent on performing a public service. Instead, the article chose a predetermined path, and in so doing revealed that the voice and the arm are not in accord.
There are no positive affirmations throughout the commentary; instead what runs through it is a trail of litter without substantiation, deployed suggestively and intentionally but not substantively. Not only have no laws been contravened, at every step and stage, best practices have been observed and the interests of Ghana have remained the primary consideration of government ministries and agencies.
An itemized response to all the false flags flown in the commentary would be tantamount to legitimizing the vicarious agenda of the puppet masters. We are however obliged to disabuse the public of some of the more egregious misdirection’s.
- The challenges at the interdepartmental border crossings have been noted and addressed. Act 864 clearly defines the role of the Ministry of Communications (MoC) and the Ministry of Finance (MoF). Both ministries collaborate, as evidenced in the NCA and GRA jointly securing the services of a single vendor.
- At the stakeholders meeting held in March 2017, both ministries agreed that the NCA (after consultation with the GRA) should provide the implementing agencies to acquire a Common Platform. At that meeting the decision was taken to abrogate the contract with Subah.
- The Common Platform is devised as a mechanism to monitor and verify the actual revenue that accrues to service providers for the purpose of computing taxes due to Government under Act 864 and revenues accruing from levies under Act 775, as amended by Act 786 of 2009.
- Pursuant to the implementation of the Common Platform and contrary to yet more irresponsible reporting, the MoC did not enter into any contracts independently.
- The new vendor was secured through clearly defined procurement guidelines after an outline of the full scope of work.
- Kelni is a wholly owned Ghanaian company, in partnership with Global Voice Group (GVG). If the article had dug deeper, it would have ascertained that KelniGVG (owned 80% by Ghanaian’s and run and controlled by Ghanaians), provided a performance bond to demonstrate commitment to delivering solutions to the requirements of the contracting agencies (NCA and GRA).