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A guide to Corruption (2) Mabey and Johnson

Posted by Business in Ghana on August 14, 2009

This past Friday, August 7, 2009, the case against Mabey was postponed, to be heard on September 25th this year. The UK has to prove that it is taking these corruption charges seriously, coming in the wake of their refusal to investigate the BAE’s Saudi Arabian arms deal and other cases presently before the UK SFO. One major disclosure made by Richard Alderman, Director of UK SFO is that Mabey and Johnson has agreed to pay “reparations” to both Ghana and Jamaica for bribery offences between 1994 and 2000. This admission immediately attaches guilt of some wrongdoing. How much was given, and who was bribed on our (Ghana) side is detailed in the UK SFO submission to the court, but unfortunately presiding Judge Rivlin chose to gag the press. The information is available, we just cannot broadcast in the public yet. But it will come out. The pressure is on the NDC government to accept this reparation.

Sydney Casely-Hayford

14 Responses to “A guide to Corruption (2) Mabey and Johnson”

  1. Kobena said

    Is Egya Atta going to cover his former boss? Is that how Jerry Boom paid expensive school fees for his children? And he has nerve to call others corrupt!

  2. Smart Man said

    Casely-Hayford, good job but do not go too far.
    Corruption in Ghana starts with the law enforcement agencies, namely: the Police and the entire the judicial system.
    Because of these corrupt officials, there is no rule of law and for that matter no law enforcement in Ghana. Bribery is the consequencies of every crime in Ghana.
    Corruption will never go away so long as we can bribe our way. Too bad.

  3. Slugger said

    Ghanaians from all walks of life are corrupt; from gov’t/elected officials to labourers, from churches to shrines, from bankers to customers, from lawyers to clients, from doctors to patients,from police to thieves etc. We are all sinners and have fallen short to the glory of God. We all needs repentace as a way forward.

  4. K Gyamfi said

    They have been throwing stones at others,forgetting that they also live in glasshouses. Hypocricy of the highest order.

  5. Menzy said

    Let’s for once put asunder politics from religion.

    While the first part of your piece might be true to an extent (in reality not everyone corrupts, some people act decently), it’s not depositing faith in a god that will solve our problems in Ghana.

    More than half the population in Ghana are Christians including many of our MPs, but this hasn’t made huge difference in our social and public lives. The problem isn’t with religion per se. But what we mustn’t do is trying to mix our corrupt politics with religion because our history tells us that it doesn’t work. Religion enjoins on us to uphold the Golden Rule. And what do we do, upheld the Self-Rule and Tribe-Rule.

    The problems we face as a nation is enormous and isn’t one which religion as understood by Ghanaians, can resolve.

    We have a bad attitude as Ghanaians to the most important things in our social, economic, intellectual and public lives. Most of our problems are due to our inability to employ the faculty of rationality which is evident in how we perceive social issues. Of course our education system has contributed to out way of thinking and perceiving, so I can’t really blame the masses. The commonsense of Ghanaians tells us to appoint leaders, MPs and politicians on party and ethnic lines when we know perfectly well that we need all the intellectuals and manpower at our disposal to take us from the abymss into a new dawn. Yet we don’t give a damn. In 21st century Ghana, there are a significant majority of us who believe with certainty that some tribes are inferior. Is it this sad?

    When we begin to appoint MPs, leaders and politicians and sort out our priorities, we will begin to reap the benefits of putting competent and skillful individuals to manage the public service.

    Ghana is not for NPP, NDC, CPP or PNC. It’s not really a question of CPP, NPP, NDC or PNC governance. What we really need are MPs who can hold the central government to account instead of being yes men and women.

    In terms of the populace, we have a long way to go. The tribalism and ethnocentricity, laziness and over-reliance on the supernatural to intervene in our affairs when we’ve been given the power to improve situation and most importantly the obession with travelling abroad to seek greener pastures. Of course people have a right to travel where ever they want, but it’s the irrational obessession that unless we travel, our lives will never get better.

    Our irrational belief that GHANA ought to be ruled by our chosen party has been helpful, has it? People should be able to critique government without being labelled or categorised with some political party. Only individuals with a dubious agenda feel that any claim has to be connected to a specific political ideology.

  6. Corruption is in all aspects of life in Ghana. The lack of production, jobs, poverty, misplaced priorties of the Government and corruption will always absorb us into the viscous circle of poverty. We live above our means, pressures from extended families force us to do things, out of the ordinary. We all like President Mills need God, to see us true the pressures and stress in ruling a country, like Ghana. Arround my last days in Ghana in 1997, I noticed Sundays were kept holy for people to go to church, Fridays for activities in the Mosque. Who are we fooling? What king of legacy are leaving our kids and younger generation? I used to work at an office, where it is the relatives of the boss who were suppling stationery, computers and their parts, meat etc to the hospital I was working at in Accra. What was this? Nepotism and corruption. I being the bosses assistant, looked foolish, I pushed the invoices for processing and payment. What about me, the other subbordinates and our families? Should we drink water? Well, this is the scenario of what goes on vertically and the horizontal lines of power and positions. All is economics and responsibility. Where is the money to pay us well, to stop us being corruption?= Brain Drain. Working double jobs. Selfishness, letting workers and politicians being transparent and accountable. Drawing a thin line of responsibility between the nucleus family and extended family.

  7. Mango Parc said

    Politicains steal from the state
    workers steal from their dept. police,immigration,customs, take money from whoever comes across them and the worst of it all is our family & friends they lied in coulors

  8. Sam Tette said


  9. Asante said

    Good Reporting

    It is a win-win situation for Ghana to pursue compensation for breach of contract and the bribery reparation, in the light of the clear admission by Mabey and Jonhson (M&B) of professional negligence and corruption practice. So why is Ghana dragging its feet? Who stand to gain by letting sleeping dogs lie quietly? Why is the NDC government silent about the total indifference shown by Rawlings administration to the safety of Ghanaians, with the then business-as-usual attitude towards the M&B? It is mind boggling that the contract with M&B was not shredded by Rawlings government, when it became clear that M&B did not consider safety a priority with their shoddy work using inferior construction materials.

    When it became apparent that the below-safety-standard bridges constructed in Ghana by M&B, put Ghanaian life unnecessarily and potentially at risk of death; what sweeteners did the high and mighty ones, during Rawlings era, receive to buy their continued cooperation with M&B, whose professional ethics were raising eyebrows across the globe in terms of safety? Why is the NDC government not eager to let the Ghanaian public know it’s in the process of recovering money from a botched contract with M&B, given their mantra about transparency and accountability? If they are not chasing the compensation, it begs the question why not, since it cost next to nothing considering that, M&B is happy to make reparation for Ghanaian life that were unnecessary put at risk and for corrupting some of our elected officials?

    It is a shame that Rawlings nephew, Mr Djin Soussidis and his one-time close business associate, Mr Danny Ofori-Atta, who was M&B representative in Ghana, are both dead and cannot throw some light on the shady deals that went on, in the corridors of power. Nevertheless, the occupants of the finance ministry, transport ministry and the highest office in Ghana then, have serious questions to answer to the nation to clear the air for the Ghanaian Public. Why for example was Mr Potter, the British M&B representative given the free hand to identify sites for bridges, instead of the Ghana Road Authority (GRA) taken a key role in this respect to fit the projects to the government budgeted plans for transport? Why was there no serious input from the Rawlings government in the location of bridge projects based on the nation’s priority and affordability, instead of the carte blanche cheque given to Mr Potter? Did the freedom enjoyed by M&B to identify sites and build as many `things’ as possible to the tune of £14.5million credit facility in Ghana’s possession, come at a price that only those in the corridors of power benefited? What was the reason for surrendering oversight responsibility to M&B by the GRA?

    I think Ghana has a right to know if some of her sons and daughters got seriously rich by the contact with M&B at the expense of her health through shady contracts and putting life at risk. The outcome of case no. 1999 Folio 874 before Honourable Mr. Justice Morrison in the UK High Court of Justice, Queens Bench Division, will be very fascinating!

  10. stop the corruption at our PORT all shipping areas in ghana (tema) etc.atta mills WAKE-UP FOR GHANA

  11. Menzy said

    The excuse we tend to give is that the workers aren’t paid well that’s why they resort to corruption at the port.

    While this claim might be true, it is not justifiable on moral and social grounds. One would expect our elected leaders to mitigate the situation. But we’re wrong. So, what’s the use of electing MPs who can’t take a grip over our public affairs? They are as useless as a straw.

    What we need to be doing is not to play politics with the corruption in Ghana. Rather, individuals irrespective of political affiliation should be scrutinised and if found guilty, be made to pay.

  12. Kusi said

    This is the kind of articles you should post so that the mases can be aware. Stop waste our hears with the trash you put here about culture this culture that. you should know by now that we will never change a thing about our culture no matter how much enlightening we get. WE LOVE THE DARK.

  13. A good one there, Sydney.

  14. lipualipua said

    I agree with you, Kusi. We need such excellent articles. Sydney, you are doing very well. For democracy to succeed, journalists especially but also ordinary citizens must keep politicians on their toes.

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