The Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ) has dismissed preliminary objections raised by the Finance Minister and the Secretary of the National Cathedral Board of Trustees Rev. Victor Kusi Boateng regarding an amount of GH¢2.6 million paid to JNS Talent, – a company owned by Rev. Kusi Boateng.
CHRAJ says it will continue with the probe into the matter which was filed by North Tongu MP
Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa.
The MP in January 2023 petitioned CHRAJ to investigate the Secretary of the National Cathedral Board of Trustees, Reverend Victor Kusi-Boateng.
He asked that the man of God be investigated over conflict of interest, including possession of multiple identities and other alleged criminal dealings.
In his petition, the MP alleged that there was a transfer of GH¢2.6million cash from the National Cathedral Secretariat to JNS Talent Centre Limited owned by Rev. Kusi-Boateng under his secondary identity, Kwabena Adu Gyamfi.
Mr. Ablakwa also alleged on his petition that
Rev. Kusi-Boateng, who is also the founder of Power Chapel Worldwidewas the same person as Kwabena Adu Gyamfi, who received the GH¢2.6 million from the national cathedral board.
An objection was raised over the petition but CHRAJ has dismissed the objections.
“It is therefore clear that although a company is a separate legal entity from its members and officers, there are instances under which the corporate veil will be pierced. This is to enable one to go behind the mere status of the company as a separate legal entity distinct from its shareholders/members and to allow one to consider who are the persons, shareholders or even agents, directing and controlling the activities of the company.
“It is the case of the Complainant that the National Cathedral of Ghana has by its board, indulged in procurement breaches and as such, it is only right that in the interest of public policy, the Board be made a party to this investigation so as to ensure an efficient and expeditious exercise. For the above-enunciated reasons, the preliminary objections raised by the Respondents are overruled and the Commission will thus continue with its investigations in the matter.”