The bribery scandals that, in the beginning of the year, punctuated the confirmation of President Akufo-Addo’s nominees for metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCE) across the country have apparently not faced out, several weeks after the main tumult subsided.
Latest twist in the saga of bribery over MMDCE positions in Akufo-Addo’s government is a public accusation of the President’s MCE for Savelugu Nantong, Ayishetu Seidu, by members of her own party that she sweetened Assembly members with bribes to facilitate her confirmation.
According to Karim Zakari, a vociferous member of the NPP in the municipality, “she (Hajia Seidu) bribed the Assembly members to confirm her.”
Mr. Zakari, who had served as a spokesperson for a group of disgruntled NPP youth, protesting the nomination of Hajia Seidu as MCE, said this at Savelugu yesterday, after a petition demanding the Hajia’s removal from office had been delivered to the Municipal Coordinating Director(MCD).
The amount that the Hon. Hajia Ayishetu Seidu, MCE for Savelugu Nantong, packaged as backhander, to allegedly grease the palms of Assembly members to facilitate her confirmation, is not readily known. It is however believed to be huge, since upon her nomination for the MCE position earlier in the year, Hajia Ayishetu had incurred a lot of opposition.
The petition handed to the MCD of Savelugu Nantong reiterated some of the old reasons that the youth of the NPP there deem her unfit to serve in office as a regime actor of the Akufo-Addo administration.
Among others, Hajia Seidu is accused of being a stranger to the people there and having not contributed in anyway to the election of the NPP into office from opposition.
The bribery allegation against the Savelugu MCE comes several weeks after Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba, had revealed that Northern Regional Chairman of the NPP, Daniel Bugri Naabu, had styled his house into a butchery to enable him to slaughter an endless march of goats, sheep and cows that were being shepherded to him as bribes by people who Naabu had promised appointments.
As well as the animal husbandry picture that Otiko had painted about Naabu, she had also revealed that the greedy Naabu had received cash and other encomiums as side issues to the plentiful animal benefits.
A few weeks ago, Richmond Frimpong, an assembly member at the Ejisu Juabeng Municipal Assembly, had also petitioned the Ashanti Regional branch of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), complaining about bribes that President Akufo-Addo’s nominee for MCE there had paid out to facilitate her confirmation.
According to Mr. Frimpong, Hon. Beatrice Serwaa Denkye had doled out GHc2,000 each per elected assembly member and GHc500 for every government appointee.
He had said that he had rejected some of the money that had been paid to him and was willing to help CHRAJ to investigate, while promising that some colleagues who had received some of the bribe money were available and ready to testify.
Nothing has since been done about the allegation by Richmond Frimpong to CHRAJ.