KATH workers want investigation into alleged misuse of GHC92,000 union dues

KATHSome members of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital (KATH) branch of the Health Services Workers Union (HSWU) are calling for a national probe at all branches to establish the true state of their finances.

This follows the arrest of their Regional Chairman, Ernest Badu-Boateng for allegedly embezzling over GHC92,000 of Union funds.

According to them, if such misappropriation of colossal amounts of the funds could happen at the local level they need a probe of their national operations.

It has been established by a National Executive Council investigations that Mr. Badu-Boateng, the Volta Regional Industrial Relations Officer of the Union, Samuel Mensah and other local past branch executives allegedly embezzled close to ¢175,000 of Union funds.

Members were shocked when an official announcement was made to them at a meeting Wednesday, May 18.

Tony Oduro, the Branch Chairman of KATH HSWU told Joy News’ Erastus Asare-Donkor that when his team took over in February this year, they went through the account of the previous executives and realized that the account does not add up.

Mr. Oduro said together with the previous executives, they went through the process again and observed that some monies have gone down the drain and the issue was handed it over to the national executives for investigation.

“They brought their report which shows that some individuals have mishandled our finances and we want our monies back,” he narrated to Joy News.

He said a total of GHC175,000 has been misappropriated by past executives including the Regional Chair.

The Branch Chairman said this should serve as an eye-opener for all the branches across the country to be prudent in handling workers money as well as charging those in charge of supervision of such accounts to do their job.
They are expecting the new administration to learn from hindsight and not find themselves in a similar situation.

Recommendations by the investigators include the Hospital’s management ensuring that all the monies are retrieved to which Mr. Oduro said he trusts in management’s capabilities to do so.

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