U.S. Ambassador demands justice in Central Medical Stores fire

Government in April this year assured Ghanaians that it will investigate the January 13, 2015 arson, but it is yet to come out with a conclusive report on the case.


“After two years, we are still waiting for justice in the CMS arson. The fire destroyed more than $80 million worth of medical supplies and drugs, including $7 million in donations provided by the American people.

“This fire, which was ignited to cover up corruption, dealt a significant blow to public health in Ghana. The currencies of the international partnership, trade and aid are at risk unless we stand together, with one voice, and demand that these systemic issues be addressed,” he told a gathering of leaders from civil society organisations (CSOs), businesses, religious bodies and diplomats on Wednesday at the opening of the Ghana Good Corporate Governance Initiative round table in Accra.

The vice president, Dr Mahamadu Bawumia in April this year assured Ghanaians that the government will investigate the January 13, 2015 arson.

However, several months after the promise, a final report is yet to be made public.

A labourer at the CMS, Samuel Dogbe was named as a suspect in the case.

Twelve officials of the Ghana Health Service (GHS) were subsequently interdicted for their alleged roles in the fire.

Mr Jackson said the government’s failure to be transparent on issues and to enforce laws are preventing Americans and other foreigners from investing in Ghana.

“Businesses want to ensure that the money they invest will not go to waste. They want assurances of transparency before they invest, as well as strict enforcement of the Public Procurement Act to end sole-sourcing of contract and the passage of the Right to Information Bill,” he said.

“We would like to see an end to judicial impunity. No one’s interest is served if justice is sold to the highest bidder and those with power, money and influence go unpunished.

“We desire free exchange of information between the government and the international community on combating corruption and so ask the government to establish a single point of contact, someone who is authorised to engage with us specifically on these issues but also empowered to carry out significant change,” he said.


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