Snippets of Information available to the www.frontpageghana.com from the corridors of Ministry of Finance after a week of investigation reveals that there are some machinations by the Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta and Commissioner General of Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA), Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah to get Col. Kwadwo Damoah (rtd) Commissioner, Customs Division of GRA out of office.
A deep throat source at the Ministry told this portal that it’s not for nothing that the Special Prosecutor published a report on Labianca, a practice which has being the norm in the Customs operations for many years.
It was learnt that the waiver that was given to Labianca and reported by the Special Prosecutor as corrupt activity has being in practice for years, even before the New Patriotic Party (NPP) came to power, and even Col. Kwadwo Damoah is not the first Commissioner to sign or approve such to businesses.
To prove that this is not the first time such transaction has gone on, documents available to this portal reveals that, Customs give these waivers to businesses who import a certain number of containers within a period.
These companies, per the document, apply to the Commissioner for the waivers, by presenting all their transaction values from their suppliers for issuance of ccvr.
In 2016, Dolphine Frozen Foods put in a letter with Ref. No.: H/VAL/1 and dated 26th August 2016 applying for acceptance of all transaction values was received on same day and was approved on 24th October 2016 by then Deputy Commissioner, Fredrick Gavor, in charge of Operations.
Also in 20th September 2016 an application for Values from Francopat Company Limited indicating some irregularities in their duties even after waiver was accepted by Ghana Revenue Authority – Customs Division (GRA – Customs Division) under the signatory of Mr. Fredrick Gavor, Commissioner.
All these according to insiders, are under the supervision of the Commission General, but the GRA staff are surprised the Boss himself has written to disassociated themselves from something which is not illegal and its norm in the sector.
“We are very much surprised at what these two leaders (Mr. Ken Ofori-Atta and Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah) are doing. They have ‘team up’ with the Special Prosecutor, whom we learnt have employed many NDC activists in his office to ‘chase away’ one of their own.”
“There is an open secret that the Finance Minister, Mr. Ken Ofori-Attah have tried all means to get rid of Mr. Damoah, ‘his party member’ from office as Commissioner of Customs Division, because he had an impasse with Mr. Damoah some time ago.
Players within that sector, according to them were shocked at the Commissioner General, Mr. Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah over press statement, distancing the GRA from Mr. Damoah’s response to the Special Prosecutor, when he was fully aware that, discounts are given to importers of many containers of goods, and Labianca’s was not first, or that wasn’t her first time of such discount.
“Because they cannot get him out on any grounds, they are trying to smear him with corrupt activities, which we all know won’t succeed.” If the Special Prosecutor really want to fight corruption here, then he should start from 2012, and even some officers in his office will be in the net.
The Customs officers, frontpageghana.com can say that, are solidly behind Col. Kwadwo Damoah (rtd), for they think he has being very wonderful on his job, his relations with staff and grassroots is very healthy in that office.