An Accra High Court has granted a $322 million bail to two former Ghanaian Ministers and three others who are standing trial in a $200 million alleged affordable housing fraud.
Former Ministers of Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing (MWRWH), Alhaji Collins Dauda, and his successor, Kwaku Agyeman-Mensah, have been implicated in the Saglemi Affordable Housing Project scandal.
They appear in court for the first time on Thursday, August 5, 2021.
They pleaded not guilty to the 52 charges leveled against by the Office of the Minister of Justice and Attorney, Godfred Yeboah Dame.
The Attorney General who was present in court, never opposed the grant of bail to the suspects.
However, he appealed to the judge, Justice Comfort Tasiame, take into consideration the various amounts in respect of which the accused persons were charged.
Facts of case
The facts of the case presented to the court revealed that the state had invested $200 million into the 5,000 housing units project but the housing units were never completed even though the funds had been exhausted.
According to the facts of the case, the original agreement ratified by Parliament was for the construction of 5,000 housing units.
However, by the time the project was being executed, only 1,502 housing units had been earmarked for construction without recourse to Parliament, the state claimed.
Aside Mr Dauda and Agyeman-Mensah, the Government has also sued three others who apparently worked at the Works and Housing Ministry during the Mahama’s administration.
The three other suspects are Mensah, Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, Andrew Clocanas and Nouvi Tetteh Angelo.