KMA Chief Executive denies claims of financial impropriety


Kumasi Jan.20, GNA – Mr. Kojo Bonsu, the Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), has profusely denied claims of financial impropriety made against him by some members of the metropolitan assembly.

He said the allegation that he had misappropriated funds through the construction of the Rattray Park were unfounded and baseless.

Again, it was not true that he had abandoned some priority projects of the assembly.

Mr. Bonsu at a press conference in Kumasi justified the money spent on the construction of the park and said he did nothing wrong.

The park was built at a cost of US$4.4 million, which he acknowledged exceeded the budgetary allocation for it but was quick to point out that this was not new.

It was something common in most public institutions and what was important was to make sure that laid down procedures were followed, he added.

The MCE said exchange rate fluctuations and unanticipated price variations were some of the factors that led to the cost overrun.

He maintained that the assembly followed the procurement act, the financial administration act and all the due processes of the law.

He dismissed the accusations of wrong doing as an attempt to tarnish his image and distract him from the goal of bringing tremendous development to the metropolis.

The MCE’s denial comes on the heels of a petition by a group of assembly members to the Public Accounts Committee of Parliament, Economic and Organized Crime Office (EOCO) and other state investigative bodies over the cost of construction of the Rattray Park.

They are alleging the cost had been padded and funds diverted by the MCE.

GNA


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