MCE Blows GH¢61,000 On Funeral Donations

Julius Debrah, Minister for Local Government & Rural Development.

The Municipal Chief Executive of Ejura Sekyeredumase Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region, Alhaji Mohammed Bawah Braimah, has been accused of allegedly spending about GH¢60,998.46 from the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) meant for developing the Municipality, on funeral donations.

According to the assembly members, the MCE had within six months of his appointment, caused financial loss to the assembly by using GH¢61,000 from the IGF on social programmes, doubling the assembly’s expenditure by about 400 percent from January to June, 2014.

The assembly also accused the Municipal Director of Feeder Roads, Mr Tricky, for purportedly conniving with Alhaji Braimah to spend over GH¢42,000 on a ‘ghost project’ in the municipality.

‘Our Assembly’s Budget Estimate for 2014 is indicating that a yearly projection of GH¢10,000 has been estimated for social programmes, but the MCE has doubled the expenditure to about 400% from January to June and still asking for more to accommodate those expenses for the rest of the year…the document justifies 400% is way above the half-year 50 percent projection due to the regular invitations of the MCE to social and funeral programmes,” the assembly members said in a petition.

Responding on , the MCE said the allegations should be treated with the contempt they deserve.

He explained, however, that he could not have spent his personal money on social events when he was invited to grace any occasion as Municipal Chief Executive.

The assembly members wondered why a government official would waste so much money on social activities when the country is in economic crisis.

An assembly member (name concealed) who revealed these documents said, “This spending you are seeing here is just a tip of the iceberg; there are more shady deals that we don’t talk about…the money spent is unprecedented and very unmerited and soon we shall call for his removal,” he said.

The assembly members have therefore called on the Auditor General’s Department to institute an immediate audit and assessment of the assembly’s expenditure.

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