MCE Mismanaged Assembly Funds

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The Komenda-Edina-Eguafo-Abrem (KEEA) Municipal Assembly in the Central Region headed by the Chief Executive Hon. Isaac K. Sam, has been operating under loads of illegalities bringing considerable risks to the whole administrative and governance systems.

It has been gathered that the illegalities perpetrated by the MCE, Isaac Sam together with his cohorts in the Assembly is affecting effective running and administration of the Assembly?s businesses.

The MCE, according to a Final Internal Audit Report on the accounts of KEEA for the fourth quarter of 2013, spent over GH?16,281.00 on funerals and donations to individuals. This has caused severe depletion in the funds that comes to the Assembly for administrative expenses, and putting undue pressures on the Internally Generated Fund (IGF).

The MCE?s style of running the Assembly is gradually destroying the performance of the Assembly since the inaccessibility of the Municipal Coordinating Director?to have available funds to run the administrative machinery of the Assembly will affect the general performance and the FOAT scores.

It also stated that the MCE had gone against Section 7 of the Financial Memoranda for District Assemblies which states that,??where applicable the original invoice and statements shall be attached to a payment voucher. This will ensure a proper accountability for payments.?

The report included that some payment vouchers which were issued by the MCE have no relevant documents. Meanwhile these vouchers have duly been cleared and amounts paid.

It was established that the MCE had approved payments for some staff with no appointment letters as well as other relevant documents that should warrant such payments.

These staff are considered non-existing employees of the Assembly. This has created some doubts as to the authenticity with which the payments were effected from the Internally Generated Fund (IGF) of the Assembly.

A payment Voucher with number PV IA/GF/01/28/14, of an amount of GH?1,260.00 was paid as salary to a non-existing staff. Also, an amount of GH?900.00 was paid with a voucher without PV number,?the document revealed.

This situation has been traced to the fact that the Municipal Assembly allegedly caused illegal recruitment of workers into the Local Government Service (LGS) and also succeeded in back-dating their appointment letters without requisite qualifications.

The report also indicated that the Transport Officer Mr. Raymond Nana Nketsiah, Mr. Wilmot the Public Relations Officer and the Watchman had their appointment letters back-dated.

This, according to the auditors, is due to the inappropriate transaction that might have existed in the financial mismanagement that was spearheaded by Hon. Isaac Sam.

Government by this development, lost an amount of GH?2,160.00 in revenue.

The auditors have called for an investigation into the alleged mismanagement?of funds, calling on the Head of Local Government Service to liaise with the Regional Co-coordinating Council to establish the ghost names on the Assembly?s payroll.

When this paper contacted the Public Relations Officer (PRO) of the Municipality, he said he is currently locked up in a meeting and would call back later.

Meanwhile, when this paper contacted the MCE on the issue, he denied the claims adding that it was just allegation being peddled on him.

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Source: Frank Amponsah/The New Crusading Guide

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