State vehicles sold to judges in unapproved auction despite Akufo-Addo’s 2017 ban



The Auditor-General has indicted the Judicial Service for an unapproved auction of vehicles to judges and has ordered the retrieval of the 19 vehicles.

The list of beneficiaries of the auctioned vehicles includes judges of the lower courts, judicial service staff and three retired Supreme Court judges who bought six out of the 19 vehicles.

The Judges and Magistrates Association had defended the acquisition,  saying it is a convention that goes as far back as the Kufuor administration. The Auditor-General says the transaction is at odds with the Public Management Regulations 2019 which requires that any auction by a public entity must have the approval of the Minister of Finance.

The findings are contained in the 2021 Auditor-General’s report, which covered ministries, departments and agencies (MDAs).

“Regulation 158 of Public Financial Management Regulations, 2019 (L.I. 2378) states that the Principal Spending Officer of a covered entity shall obtain the prior written approval of the Minister for the transfer, exchange, sale, donation, contribution-in-kind, trust and any other disposal of any vehicles of the covered entity,” the report said.

“In the absence of approval from the Minister for Finance, we recommended that the auction should be nullified, and the vehicles recovered,” the Auditor-General directed.

Here is a list of beneficiaries of the auction.

No. Name of Officer        Type of vehicle Vehicle Registration No. Value (GH¢)
1 H/L Justice F. G. Korbieh Toyota Land Cruiser GR 8132-17 57,975.00
2 H/L Justice N. S. Gbadegbe Toyota Land Cruiser GR 4158-17 67,047.00
3 H/L Justice N. S. Gbadegbe Toyota Avalon Saloon GR 2777-14 27,570.90
4 H/W Charles Y. Boateng Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 8311-13 9,090.00
5 H/L Justice Julius Ansah Toyota Land Cruiser GR 4128-17 75,643.00
6 H/L Justice Julius Ansah Toyota Avalon Saloon GT 2774-14 40,920.06
7 H/L Justice Asmah K. Asiedu Toyota Corolla Saloon GN 4997-13 8,399.00
8 Robert Cudjoe Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 9231-13 12,687.00
9 H/L Justice Lawrence L Mensah Toyota Land Cruiser GR 1902-17 67,192.00
10 H/L Barbara W. Acquah Toyota Fortuner Station Wagon GN 57-18 92,914.00
11 H/L Thomas Ofedie Toyota Corolla Saloon GM 6826-13 7,509.00 12.
12 H/L Justice Jennifer A Tagoe Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 75-18 87,887.00
13 H/L Justice E. K. Mensah Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 30-18 59,000.00
14 H/L Justice N. C. Agbevor Toyota Land Cruiser GT 796-19 123,620.00
15 H/L Elizabeth Ankumah Toyota Fortuner-SUV GT 39-18 107,271.00
16 H/L Justice Yaw Appau Toyota Land Cruiser 200 (v8) GR 6590-17 56,606.00
17 H/L Justice Yaw Appau Toyota Avalon saloon GT 2945-14 48,632.00
18 H/L Justice Jacob B. Boon Toyota Avensis GM 517-15 13,100.00
19 H/L Justice Nathaniel Osam Toyota Fortuner SUV GT 49-18 60,445.00


Akufo-Addo’s directive 

The government’s policy used to be that public officials could buy state vehicles that were over two years old when the officials were leaving office.

However, it often became a politically charged issue whenever power changed hands. The exiting administration is often accused of selling state vehicles cheaply to exiting government officials.

The arrangement had become a byword for corruption in the country to the extent that in April 2017, President Nana Akufo-Addo banned such transactions.

“These are difficult times for the Ghanaian people. The policy that has worked so far which is running into a lot of problems because of the way it has been abused, which is that officials can buy official cars. That policy will no longer work. No official is going to have the opportunity to buy his official car. So, we put an end to it,” the President told journalists after a ministers’ retreat at the Peduase Lodge in the Eastern Region.


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  1. Do we need to spend all our resources buying vehicles?
    Ghana is poor but our leaders live like royally.
    Why can’t justices take loans to buy their own vehicles?

  2. The Ghana we made for ourselves!!!
    A country where those who are supposed to be Administrators of Justice are rather the pepetrators of societal injustice.

    Where are we headed!


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