The Office of the Vice President has stated that it did not sanction a move by James Keck Osei, an embattled Civil Servant at the Office to clear imported containers of rice for donations during Ramadan festivities.
The Office of the Special Prosecutor(OSP) is currently in court with Mr James Keck Osei, a deputy director in charge of Administration at the Office of the Vice President, and three other persons for their failure to declare their sources of income and assets.
It has emerged that Mr. James Keck Osei on 27th April 2022, addressed an unauthorized letter to the Commissioner General of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) seeking assistance in clearing fifteen containers of rice.
He told the GRA that the Vice President’s Office needed the containers of rice for the Ramadan festivities.
Following a response to his letter by the Ghana Revenue Authority(GRA) drawing his attention that another person had laid claim to the 15 containers of rice, James Keck Osei wrote another letter dated 5th July 2022, withdrawing his initial request.
A statement signed by Secretary to the Vice President Augustine Blay said the request made to the GRA by Mr James Keck Osei was false and did not have the approval of the office as it states that “It is ONLY the Secretary to the Vice President who is mandated to write letters on behalf of the Office of the Vice President and Mr. Osei did not have any such authority”.
It further stated that “In September 2022, it came to the attention of the Office of the Vice President that Mr.
James Keck Osei has been invited to the Office of the Special Prosecutor to assist in an investigation related to rice importation.
The Office of the Vice President was satisfied with the decision by the Special Prosecutor to continue with its investigation into the matter, resulting in a decision announced on Friday, 10th February 2023, that Mr. Osei has been arraigned to appear before court on Monday, 13th February 2023″.
Meanwhile, the Chief Director at the Office of the President has begun investigations into the matter in accordance with the Civil Service procedures.