Calls For My Arrest Ugly Noises Kumasi Mayor

The Mayor of Kumasi Kojo Bonsu has described calls for his arrest by some of his assembly members as “ugly noises.”

Some of the assembly members, whom Bonsu labeled as “greedy and gluttons” have raised eyebrow over the cost of the state-of-the-art Rattray Park in Kumasi.

The aggrieved assembly members raised the red flags after it came out that the plush project cost the assembly $4.4 million. They have alleged misappropriation of funds and diversion of funds meant for “priority” projects in the metropolis.

Accordingly, Bonsu has called on the media to disregard the desperate calls from the “agenda – seeking handful” of members whose mission is to “sacrifice the collective interest of the metropolis to satisfy the interests of their pay masters”.

Speaking on behalf of the Mayor at a press conference in Kumasi, his spokesperson, Samuel Gyamfi, indicated that the Mayor is prepared to face any forensic probing body regarding all expenses pumped into the recreational park.

According to the incensed assembly members, the Mayor spent beyond the approved budget as far as the Rattray Park is concerned.

They are therefore seeking a breakdown of the expenditure on the park and account for revenue accrued from its operations.

Gyamfi said the aggrieved assembly members constitute just 5% of the assembly hence their motive is “mischievous.”

“There was never any act of financial impropriety in the construction of Ghana’s premier park, the Rattray Park has become the preferred destination for relaxation for the people of Kumasi and beyond.

“In fact it’s the envy of many under the Kojo Bonsu administration and must be embraced with both hands.”

The mayor’s spokesperson said the assembly followed all due processes permitted by law in expending funds on the project.

“It is not strange, it is not illegal, and it is not criminal for an institution of state to exceed its budget because of fluctuations and unanticipated variations which always happen. But we are saying that in exceeding our budget we followed the due process of the law. We followed the Procurement Act; we followed the Financial Administration Act – our accounts are there. Our internal audit department is auditing it, the Auditor General will audit it and a report will be forwarded to the august House of Parliament for further scrutiny,” Gyamfi stressed.

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