Bribe scandal still hanging over new National Security Advisor

Newly appointed National Security Advisor Baba Kamara may still have to disentangle himself from a Mabey and Johnson scandal that rocked the country in 2009.

Former Commissioner of Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) who was leading investigations into the allegation at the time, Emile Short told Joy News

“I don’t’ know what happens to the case, as it stands today, the matter is still in CHRAJ….to the best of my knowledge the matter is still under investigations and it is still within their mandate.”

Former High Commissioner to Nigeria Baba Kamara, former Health Minister Dr. Sipa Yankey and former Roads minster Ato Quarshie were alleged to have benefitted from £750,000 largesse from Mabey & Johnson, a British bridge construction firm that sought to win projects in the country.

Mr Kamara was alleged to be the conduit by which some of the bribe money got to the recipients.

Kamara had earlier in the investigations refused to cooperate with CHRAJ after he maintained that as a private businessman, he was out of the commission’s jurisdiction.

Emile Short recalled that the Supreme Court ruled that CHRAJ had every authority to investigate him because the allegations involved with relations with public officials.

A second legal block initiated by Baba Kamara, at the Human Rights court contesting pre-judicial comments made by Emile Short was also thrown out at the Appeals court.

But Emile Short says he left CHRAJ before the Appeals Court ruling that paved the way for further investigations.

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