Charge against me in ambulance case improper-Businessman tells court

He described the prosecution's assertions as "improper" and claimed his prosecution was undertaken "in bad faith."

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Businessman Richard Jakpa, one of the two defendants in a trial over allegedly causing financial loss to the state through the purchase of ambulances, has refuted these claims. 

He described the prosecution's assertions as "improper" and claimed his prosecution was undertaken "in bad faith."

Mr. Jakpa, along with Dr. Ato Forson, former Deputy Finance Minister, now the Minority Leader in Parliament, has been accused of intentionally causing a financial loss of €2.37 million to the state via a contract to purchase 200 ambulances for the Ministry of Health. 

Both have pleaded not guilty to charges of willfully causing financial loss to the state, abetting a crime, contrary to the Public Procurement Act, and misapplying public property.

Dr. Forson was released on GHc3 million in self-recognizance bail, while Mr. Jakpa was granted GHc5 million in bail with three sureties, one of whom must present documentation of a landed property. 

Dr. Sylvester Anemana, a former Chief Director at the Ministry of Health and initially the second accused, was discharged due to health issues following a Nolle Prosequi from the Attorney General.

On Tuesday, May 21, 2024, as he concluded his 134-paragraph witness statement, Mr. Jakpa argued that it is incorrect to claim the government suffered a financial loss when the ambulances were in the government's possession. 

He stated that he had no business dealings with the state or the company Big Sea related to the transaction under scrutiny.

Mr. Jakpa also emphasized that neither the government nor Big Sea contracted him to participate in the transaction leading to the current proceedings. 

He thus clarified that he is not an officer of either Big Sea or the government, but merely a director and shareholder of JBL, which has dealings with Big Sea.

He argued that his prosecution lacked good faith since neither he nor JBL had responsibilities under the contract between the government and Big Sea.