DCE Diverts Items For Physically Challenged Persons

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By Gifty Arthur

….Gives Them To NPP Members

Various items bought in the name of some physically challenged persons in Drobonso in the Sekyere Afram Plains District of the Eastern Region, have reportedly been diverted to homes of members of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Herald has gathered.

The items, procured from the District Assemblies Common Fund (DACF), according to sources were put on display last week June 7, 2018 by the Assembly for disbursement, however, after the event, the items comprising tricycles, fufu pounding machines, hair dryers, sewing machines, corn mill machines and others, were packed back to the offices of the Assembly.

Instead of sharing them in the full glare of the public, the items were locked up with the District Chief Executive (DCE), Joseph Owusu, who later disbursed them to people who are not physically challenged.

Other items, including fridges according to The Herald’s information, were taken to the homes of a former NPP Constituency Chairman, while two others have been given to one Maame Kyeiwaa and another member of the ruling NPP whose name was given only as KO.

Interestingly, none of these party members who are above 70 years, is physically challenged.

Sources say physically challenged members, who were looking forward to the disbursement of the items have been left disappointed as they are unsure if they will ever benefit from the procured items in their name.

Mr Owusu popularly known as Odenkyem, has since closed his doors to members of the association, who wanted to engage him to get the machines, rather than going into cities to beg for money to live.

This paper is informed it was the same DCE, who directed them to write applications stating what they wanted from their share of the Common Fund.

Strangely, however, after the procurement and the public display, he is reportedly giving them to NPP members.

Initially, members of the association reportedly stated they wanted money, but the DCE told them, he could not do that under the law and so asked that they write an application stating what they wanted aside cash.

 The Herald’s information is that, a social welfare officer who reminded the DCE to ensure that the items are given to only physically challenged, has incurred the wrath of Mr Owusu, as he has not been in good terms with the officer.

Sources close to some of the physically challenged people who spoke to this paper on condition of anonymity, said this is the first time items belonging to them have been publicized but taken back for unknown reason. One of them said “Not even pin has been given to the poor men and women”.

Even the sharing of the items to the NPP members is said to be selective with the DCE given out the items to people he is familiar with.

Effort to reach the DCE for his side of the story proved futile.

 

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