Even as the ruling New Patriotic Party struggles to deal with the hot mess that the quarrel between the Gender Minister, Otiko Djaba, and the Northern Regional chairman, Bugri Naabu, has launched on to it, a fresh scandal is in the offing.
In the Ejisu Juaben Municipality in the Ashanti Region, it is reported that the President’s nominee has splurged money to buy her approval by Assembly Members, paying as much as GHc2,000 per elected Assembly Member to get the nod.
Richmond Frimpong, a native of the area, who has since petitioned the Director of the Ashanti Regional branch of the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice, has revealed that Madam Beatrice Serwaa Derkye, the President’s nominee, succeeded in bribing those who had price-tag on their conscience.
In a petition on the issue, Mr. Frimpong also reveals that Government appointees to the Assembly had accepted GHc500 each, while he, himself, had turned down a bribe package from the same woman.
According to him, on the 11th of May, 2017, Madam Beatrice Serwaa had met almost all the members of Ejisu Juaben Municipal Assembly at a rendezvous, called the Anita Hotel, ostensibly, to canvas their support and approval following her nomination by the President for the MCE job.
“After a successful deliberation, the person in question gave each elected member GHc2000 and government appointees GHc500 as a form of bribe to get her confirmed on Friday 12th May, 2017,” the petition notes.
Richmond Frimpong notes that as an Assembly Member, he had not been able to attend the Anita Hotel meeting, leading to a situation where the new MCE’s driver button-holing him in a washroom at the Assembly with an envelope that was circumscribed with his name on it.
Suspecting that the envelope contained bribe money, he said, he refused to take it.
“Subsequently, I contacted a colleague government appointee, Hon. George Opoku Amponsah, who confirmed that he took the envelope and is ready to submit the said envelope and its content as evidence,” the petitioner stated in the complaint to CHRAJ.
On the basis of the foregoing, he requested an investigation into the confirmation of Madam Beatrice Serwaa Derkye as MCE of Ejisu Juaben, affirming that she had bribed her way into that office.
Richmond Frimpong’s revelation dovetails a string of bribery allegations that has punctuated the first few months of the Akufo-Addo regfime in office.
Barely two weeks ago, Gender Minister, Otiko Afisa Djaba, had revealed that the NPP’s Northern Regional chairman, Bugri Naabu, had turned himself into the jack of all bribes in the region, exacting benefits in exchange for sharing appointments.
According to Otiko, Bugri Naabu accepted everything, including money, sheep, goat and cows from people in exchange for guaranteeing them appointments into President Akufo-Addo’s government.
That altercation with Otiko had also led to Naabu revealing that Otiko Djaba and Rockson Bukari had plotted and masterminded the 2015 murder of the party’s late Upper East Regional chairman, Adams Mahama.
Not too long after the revelations from the Otiko and Naabu spat, it emerged that Robert Kutin, Central Regional Chairman of the NPP, was similarly taking bribes as precondition for recommending people for appointments in the Akufo-Addo regime.
Mathew Botwe, the deputy Central Regional Organizer of the party, also accused Kutin of pocketing some GHc100,000 that somebody associated with Mercy Cream in Kasoa had donated towards the NPP’s 2016 campaign.
And these are just two instances of an ongoing national infestation of bribery under the NPP.
On the national level, Finance Minister, Ken Ofori-Atta is currently facing CHRAJ investigations for dubiously selling a $2.25billion bond to Franklin Templeton, a company in which his business partner is a director.
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com / Fiifi Samuels