EOCO to probe $2.4m ‘stinky’ ambulance deal under Mahama

Anti-graft agency, Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) has been asked to probe how 30 problematic ambulances were procured under the past regime at the cost of $2.4 million.

Health Minister, Kweku Agyeman Manu gave the directive after he expressed shock over the deal that has no document covering it.

Health Minister Kweku Agyeman Manu

The ambulances reportedly arrived in the country in 2016 but were found to be unfit for purpose, leading to the suspension of purchase.

The Minister described the ambulances as “sprinter buses fitted with kitchen panels.”

He said the initial report from past government officials was that although the supplier brought the ambulances, they were not accepted.

30 problematic ambulances bought under John Mahama

But he was surprised to later learn that the Health Ministry had paid for the ambulances.

Mr Agyeman Manu said he followed up the matter at the Finance Ministry and he was told the money was given to the Health Ministry.

“But the Ministry of Health’s installation doesn’t show any payment and we kept on getting information that the ambulances had been paid for,” he said.

30 problematic ambulances bought under John Mahama

The Minister said he would be sending the documents he had gathered on the matter to the National Security or EOCO to investigate it.

“At this stage, I don’t have any option but to refer it to the authorities that can do further and better investigations away from the Ministry,” he said.

The Ambulances are currently packed at the military naval base in Accra.

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