22 January 2013

Ghana: Probe KMA Boss-Group Urges Mahama

Kumasi — THE METROPOLITAN Chief Executive Officer of Kumasi, Mr. Samuel Sarpong's ambition of lobbying for another four year term under the Presidency of Mr. John Dramani Mahama, appears to have been dealt a serious blow, as a group in Kumasi has called for his probe.

A civil society group, which calls itself Ashanti Watch, is calling on the President to set up a committee to probe the four year administration of Mr. Samuel Sarpong, particularly into some specific contracts which it claims, were dubiously awarded during his administration.

According to the group, merely replacing Mr. Sarpong will not be enough, but rather the President must go further to probe into some alleged financial misappropriation under his administration. The group has also accused the mayor of bribing some journalists in Kumasi in order to conceal his illegalities and poor performance.

At a press conference organized by the group to voice out its concerns, its President, Mr. Andrew Akwasi Agyapong, noted that the Kumasi metropolis, once known as the Garden City of West Africa, has now become a pale shadow of itself because of poor management under Mr. Sarpong.

He argued that the sanitation situation in Kumasi is pathetic, stressing that instead of devising plan to address the menace, the city mayor has concentrated himself on awarding contracts for construction of stores at unauthorized places.

The President of Ashanti Watch alleged that the mayor has been awarding contracts without the knowledge of the assembly and cited a number of projects including the construction of stores at Yaa Akyaa Girls Bompata, construction of stores opposite Lumber and Logs Limited (LLL) at Asokwa.

"Now every space in the city has been turned into a store, thanks to Mr. Sarpong," the group lamented. They further alleged that contracts for the construction of stores at Asafo Neoplan station and that of Adehyeman were undertaking without the approval of the assembly.

The groups also chastised some journalists in the region of compromising their profession for financial gains, alleging that some journalists were on the payroll of the mayor and have therefore refused to criticize him.

Meanwhile, the Spokesperson of the mayor, Clement Kegeri has rubbished the allegations, describing them as untoward and a calculated attempt to tarnish the image of the hardworking mayor. At the time filing this report, Clement said the assembly was going to issue a statement to formally response to the various allegations.

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