NPP Majority Chief Whip Calls Bono Regional Minister A ‘thief’

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The Member of Parliament for Sunyani East Constituency, who doubles as the Majority Chief Whip, has appealed to President Akufo-Addo-led government to watch the activities of the Bono Regional Minister, Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson, with caution, because she has been using her position to maneuver her way into daylight thievery in the region.

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Akwasi Ameyaw-Cheremeh, a lawyer by profession, described her as cruel and a corrupt official, whose corrupt acts is affecting the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the region and the integrity of President Akufo-Addo, since her days as Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Sunyani, leading to her indictment by the Auditor General’s Department.

The Member of Parliament (MP) speaking “one-on-one” with Nimdee FM, a Sunyani-based radio station yesterday, revealed that the Bono Regional Minister, has also been using official vehicles to escorts illegal lumbers in and out of the region.

Many times, the Majority Chief Whip, referred to the Regional Minister as “thief” insisting that the claim has been that women appointees were not corrupt and thieves, but same cannot be said about Mrs. Kumi Richardson.

Mr Ameyaw-Cheremeh, said the Auditor General’s Department, had indicted the Regional Minister for employing lies to obtain state funds for her private trip to Canada in the name of an official trip to revive a sister city arrangement with the Canadian city of Nanaimo.

Her trip was described as “unapproved”, “unlawful” and disobedience to President Akufo-Addo’s ban on foreign trips. She was to refund an amount of GHC33, 283.40, but this has not been done by her.

The revelations, came about when pressure groups called; Coalition for Good Governance and Accountability in the

Bono Region and other NPP party-stalwarts, raised red flag over the Bono Regional Minister’s conducts in the region.

The group in a press release alleged that the Bono Regional Minister took GHC400, 000 cedis bribe from the contractor in charge of the Secondary City Project in the Sunyani municipality, which is stalling progress of work.

They hinted that, the Bono Regional minister levied all the Assemblies in the region to the tune of 10,000 Ghana cedis each ahead of President Akufo-Addo’s visit and yet everywhere he (Mr. President) went, the Assemblies still paid for the expenses.

They also alleged that the minister, levied all the Assemblies 12,000 cedis to procure motorcycles, but failed to supply the bikes to the various Assemblies.

According to them, the Bono Regional minister, has already made plans with the lands commission to sell off the bungalows opposite the prisons service and related lands to a businessman in Sunyani at a fee that is almost equal to a free gift, while the minister herself will take a huge sum of money from this said businessman as “kickback”.

However, the Majority Chief Whip and MP for Sunyani East, commenting on the allegations, affirmed the corrupt nature of Evelyn Ama Kumi Richardson.

Mr Ameyaw-Cheremeh, said the Regional Minister, has defied Presidential directive and spent thousands of Ghana Cedis on unapproved foreign travels which the Auditor General Report has indicted and directed that she makes a refund, but she has failed to comply with that directives.

On her nomination, the NDC MPs, argued that the nominee was not fit for the office, given a number of controversies she’s embroiled in.

Speaking on the floor ahead of her approval, North Tongu MP, Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa, accused Mrs. Kumi Richardson of perjury when she appeared before the appointments committee a statement the Majority Chief Whip has confirmed.

The Sunyani East insisted that the Bono Regional minister lied at the vetting committee over her certificates and the Sunyani abattoir lands because she as the then MCE conspired and sold the old abattoir land to her friend.

Mrs. Kumi Richardson’s appointment was first disapproved by the committee over certain audit queries relating to a land acquisition case in March 2019, but was subsequently approved.

 

~~The Herald

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