The former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly (LEKMA) in the Greater Accra Region (GAR), Mr Daniel Amartey Mensah, has dismissed the allegations leveled against him by a diehard New Patriotic Party (NPP) sympathizer and Assembly member in the municipality and indicated his preparedness to appear before the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ).
According to him, the said purported complaint filed at the CHRAJ lacks merit but, “I will gladly appear before it to defend myself”.
The allegations of the former MCE being dragged to CHRAJ to answer charges of misappropriation of funds during his tenure as the leader of the Assembly, was widely publicized by the New Statesman.
The complaints dated August 4,2014 was filed by Mr Prince Aminu Saana, a member of the Dombo Advocacy Forum (DAF), a group of young men sympathetic to the course of the NPP, the NPP Krowor Constituency Secretary and Assembly member for Nkpor Electoral area in Nungua, a suburb of Accra.
Mr Amartey Mensah, who is also vying for the Greater Regional Chairmanship slot of the NDC, made this remark in reaction to the allegations in an interview with The Herald.
He said, it beats his imagination when a member of the opposition NPP, was the person alleging corruption against his administration.
He added that he had not received any correspondence from CHRAJ, indicating a complainant had been filed, yet his detractors caused the issue to be published to tarnish his hard won image.
He said, if his detractors care to know he was the only MCE in the Greater Accra Region, who left behind Internally Generated Fund (IGF) to the tune of fifteen billion Cedis (GH¢ 15,000) as of the time of leaving office in 2013.
According to him, during his tenure as the MCE, he was commended by the then Local Government Minister, Mr Kwesi Oppong Fosu, as one of the diligent and hard working MCEs in the country.
He said, he ruthlessly dealt with corruption and had his own auntie arrested by the Police for embezzling the Assembly’s fund, when she was a revenue collector for the Assembly.
He said, the allegations raised by the complainant about the purchase of an Ambulance for the LEKMA polyclinic; he claimed he never personally participated in the purchase of the vehicle and that the vehicle was purchased from a fleet company called, Tannik Ghana Limited.
He maintained that African Connection was a company introduced to the Assembly by the then Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr Samuel Ofosu Ampofo in 2012, and the trip was the ninth organized in the series of the Sister- Sister Cities programme and the records on the company are there to show.
He said, since his appointment as the MCE for the area in 2009 by the late President, john Evans Atta –Mills; he had never hired the services of a Special Assistant.
The complainant, between 2011 and 2012 the Assembly through the utilization of its District Development Facility (DDF) allocated an amount of GHc 149,600.00 for the purchase of an Ambulance for the Municipal Health Directorate.
The complainant alleged that somewhere in December, 2012 a caravan vehicle without equipment was purchase for the directorate instead of the Ambulance that was budgeted for, and thereby compelling the Health Directorate to write a memo requesting the Assembly to further purchase the equipment for the interior of the caravan to make it up to standard as an Ambulance the statement disclosed.
The complaint catalogued series of corrupt practices under the auspices Mr Amartey Mensah as the MCE, between 2011 and 2012 a company called M/S Sofobi Limited won a contract from the Assembly for the rehabilitation of the Teshie Community library at the cost of GHC 90,950.19.
According to the complaint, mobilization fund was released to the contractor under bizarre circumstances and the contractor since then has not been seen at site.
In 2012, a company called M/S Jouzzi Mens Ventures allegedly owned by Mr Joseph Adjei Mensah, Government Appointee at the Assembly and an aide to the former MCE was contracted to construct a kitchen for the National School Feeding Programme at Teshie Camp two at the cost of 51.740.80 thereby contravening Article 284 of the 1992 Constitution the complainant alleges.
The complainant further alleges that Mr Amartey Mensah in 2012 unilaterally paid out the Assembly’s fund of GHC 40.000.00 to a ghost company by name African Connection, under the pretence of sending a delegation to participate in the ninth Focus on Africa: Business and Investment Trade Mission to the New York in the United States of America.