La Bianca Company Limited has refuted claims if influence peddling and corruption as published by the Office of the Special Prosecutor.
The Company has therefore instructed its lawyers to take the necessary action on the matter.
In a statement by the company since the publication of the Report, the company expresses its concerns about the report and the discussions that has ensued in the media space.
“Management of La Bianca Company Limited is saddened to learn of the recent publication of the alleged report of the Office of the Special Prosecutor regarding the activities of the company and its subsequent discussion in the media.”
The statement further alludes to the fact that, they have never contacted about the case since the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not written to the company formally.
“Although the Office of the Special Prosecutor has not written formally to the company on its findings as required by due process and fair ‘trial’ rules, we believe that the report findings are at variance with our recollection of events and submissions made to the office,”
“We deny that the company and its Chief Executive Officer, Mrs. Asomah-Hinneh, procured customs advance ruling through ‘influence peddling or trading of influence’.
“We take the findings of the Office of the Special Prosecutor seriously and have consequently instructed our lawyers to take the necessary action on this matter.
The statement added “Over the years, the company has, in accordance with due process, applied for customs advance rulings under the Customs Act 2015 (Act 891). Indeed, over the years, the company has been tax compliant and has discharged all its obligations dutifully. Due to the nature of the operations of importers like us, the Ghana Revenue Authority, per Act 891, conducts periodic post clearance audits to determine possible undervaluation or overpayments of taxes.”
The OSP recovered over GHC1 million GHC1,074, 627.15) from La Bianca Foods in unpaid import duties, a scandal involving a company belong to a Council of State member.
Read below the full statement.