Agyarko breaks silence finally, will respond to corruption claims in AMERI deal

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Former Energy Minister Boakye Agyarko, is set to break what some say is his long silence more than two years after President Akufo-Addo sacked him over the Africa Middle East Resources Investment Group (AMERI) novation agreement which was going to get the country to lose almost US$900 million.

Energy minister Boakye Agyarko was sacked on August 6, 2018 after an attempt to renegotiate a build, own, operate, transfer deal for a 250MW combined-cycle gas turbine plant with its owner, AMERI, and engineering, procurement and construction contractor Metka went wrong.

President's head of communications Eugene Arhin told Joy News at the time that the decision was a result of the botched deal. Akufo-Addo put himself in the line of fire at the end of July when he approved an apparently renegotiated deal for the plant by executive order.

It is expected that Mr Agyarko will speak to corruption claims in the deal that cost him his job.

The man said to be harbour presidential ambition is also expected to respond to Gabby Asare Otchere-Darko's claim that he misled President Akufo-Addo ahead of the deal going to Parliament to allow the Greek company, Metka takeover the gas turbine plant.

He is expected to tell viewers his relationship with a Greek lady, who had acted as an agent for the gas Metka and the government of Ghana, and had gotten AMERI ostracized until the deal had been cooked waiting for the Parliamentary approval.

Mr. Agyarko, who was sacked by the President through a letter dated August 6, 2018, will be a guest on Madina-based Oman FM this evening, October 13, 2020 after going into self-imposed exile since his removal from office.

The socio-political show, which begins 7pm-11pm tonight, will be the first for Mr Agyarko, after he was unexpectedly replaced with current Minister John Peter Amewu for his alleged involvement in the controversial Ameri deal.

The former Minister who was alleged to be one of President Akufo-Addo's performing Ministers, has remained silent since the incident.

Not even the death of Mr Agyarko's brother and Member of Parliament (MP) Awayaso West Wuogon Emmanuel Kyeremanten Agyarko could push him to speak for the first time.

A flier making the rounds sighted by Theheraldghana.com described this evening's Boiling Point show as "reloaded". It will be live on facebook.

His letter of removal at the time signed by Director of Communication at the Presidency Eugene Arhin read "President Akufo-Addo has asked Mr Boakye Agyarko to hand over his office to the Minister of Lands and Natural Resources, Mr John Peter Amewu, who will act temporarily as Minister of Energy, until a substantive appointment is made," the statement said.

"The President wishes Mr Boakye Agyarko well in his future endeavours," the statement added.

Mr Boakye Agyarko came under fire when it became public that the Akufo-Addo government had sought to review the AMERI deal, however, the new deal was described as ridden with massive corruption. It was thrown out.

Source: www.theheraldghana.com