I didn’t embezzle assembly funds—Ketu South MCE fires back

Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in the Ketu South Municipal Assembly of the Volta Region, Mr Eden Elliot Agbenorwu, has rubbished recent media reports attributed to some polling stations executives of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area, suggesting that an Auditor General’s report which was released 2017 indicated a loss of GH¢98,000.00 from the assembly’s account. 

Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today yesterday, Mr Agbenornu stressed that he did not embezzled any fund from the assembly’s account, and thus called on the people in the area to disregard the statement.

 

He stated that only five (5) polling station executives who do not represent the views of the 208 polling station executives within the municipality have hatched this plot against him.

 
According to the MCE, the executives were making such unsubstantial statement, ostensibly to get “weight” by way of creating the impression that he was not managing the financial resources of the assembly well.

 

He explained that the irregularities stated in the Auditor General’s report of the assembly was as a result of the inability of needy students assisted by the assembly in terms of school fees in various tertiary and secondary schools to return receipts of payments to the assembly at the time of the auditing, noting that, that issue has since been resolved.

 

He maintained that the students were pursued and the receipts were returned accordingly, adding that Ketu South municipality was cool and that “everything was under control.”

 

“Some unscrupulous people are behind these few people and their agenda is an old hatched one to frustrate my work with lies, unnecessary pressure and frivolous allegations to get me out of office, but I can assure them that I shall not be swayed by their destructions,” the MCE averred.

 

He pointed out that “almost all the five “aggrieved ” polling station executives in the persons of Ben Sedewodzi, Zimba Akoussa, Kudzo Adoglo have been very cordial with me and have been having conversations and it is just surprising to see a “U-turn” just because somebody told them to stand against their MCE.”

 

Mr Agbenornu was responding to a press conference held by the polling station executives at Agbozume on Tuesday, October 16, 2018 for which they accused the MCE of misappropriation of assembly funds, exhibition of gross misconduct and disrespect to members of the NPP in the area.

 

The Polling Station Secretary, Macfamous Kudoloh, who addressed the journalists on behalf of the polling station executives, indicated that the conduct being exhibited by the Ketu South Constituency Chairman of the NPP, Mr Wisdom Samuel Doe Haligah, and the MCE created disunity within the NPP.

 

That situation, he said, was affecting the party’s strength in the constituency.

 

He alleged that there have been misappropriations of assembly funds, which the MCE has failed to account for.

 

He intimated that, there have been several occasions when the MCE had refused to pay attention to their demands, hence attacking their credibility as leaders in the various polling stations.

 

But reacting to the above allegations, Mr Agbenorwu noted that the postures of the five polling station executives were attested to the fact that they were ignorant of the administrative producers and policies of the assembly.

 

In order to bring the people closer to the day-to-day operational activities of the assembly, he noted that the assembly has bought an airtime and does educational programmes on radio every Wednesday on varied range of issues concerning the populace and the assembly.

 

He stressed that the assembly was non-partisan and “I cannot say because the NPP is in power and so everyone that comes to the assembly should be NPP.”

 

“I am representing President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and must be fair to all manner of people irrespective of their political affiliations as the President is doing.

 

…I am committed to my work and will focus on my core mandate of championing the local economic and social economic development of Ketu South.

 

According to Mr Agbenorwu, the statement by those five polling station executives that his conduct was creating disunity within the NPP in the area was out place, stressing that he has in constant touch with the grassroots and the constituency executives as well as the communication team members of the NPP.

 

He explained that supporters and members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) dominate Ketu South and that there was no way “you can say you would not relate with NDC; then who are you ruling? Politics is about relationships.”

 

Story: From Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU, BACK FROM KETU,VOLTA REGION

 Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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