Labianca case: Damoah’s comment against Special Prosecutor not our position, says GRA

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has distanced itself from recent comments made by the Commissioner of Customs over a report carried out by the OSP

The Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) has dissociated itself from the recent outburst by the Commissioner of Customs, Col Kwadwo Damoah (rtd), describing the Special Prosecutor as “a small boy.”

Last week at a staff retreat in Kumasi, Col Damoah challenged a report by the Special Prosecutor, Kissi Agyebeng, that stated that a member of the Council of State had used her position to get a favourable decision from the Customs Division of GRA, which led to a reduction in the tax liabilities of Labianca Limited.

“Anybody who has read that report very well, would know the basis of that and luckily for me, God is always on my side. Before that report came, that person had made statement to some people who had come (to tell me that), he was going to publish something that will discredit me and he will do that and I even sent people to go and tell him that he’s a small boy and I am older than him. I have lived a meaningful life and if he attempts to destroy me, it won’t be easy for him.

“People have tried it, I have survived and this one too I will survive,” Colonel Damoah said at the Kumasi retreat.

We respect OSP

However, in a statement issued on Sunday (14 August) by Rev Dr Ammishaddai Owusu-Amoah, Commissioner General of the GRA, the board of the authority said it “would like to state for the record that it accords the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) the respect and the dignity that the OSP carries.”

“In this regard the Authority wishes to state that the comments made by the Commissioner of the Customs Division, Col Kwadwo Damoah Rtd at the Customs Management Retreat on Wednesday 10 August 2022 on the outcomes of the investigation were made in his personal capacity and do not convey the opinion of the Board and Management of GRA,” the statement added.

Below is the full statement:

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