MP, DCE feud heightens…As they trade claims and counter claims

Dr Nana Ayew Afriyie, Member of Parliament for Effiduase Asokore

The seeming bad blood between the Member of Parliament for Effiduase-Asokore constituency, Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie and the District Chief Executive for Sekyere East, Madam Mary Boatemaa Marfo has worsened as the two trade in claims and counter claims.

The DCE has accused the MP of physically assaulting ahead of the visit of the President Nana Akufo-Addo last week to the constituency but the MP has denied ever assaulting the political head of the district.

It has been gathered that a misunderstanding ensued between herself (DCE) and the driver of a bus that was arranged to transport party supporters to a durbar ground where the President was expected to meet constituents as part of his tour.

Following, the DCE reportedly raised the alarm that the MP had slapped her in the process but Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie has vehemently denied ever slapping the woman saying her claim is “untrue” because he was not near the scene when the DCE engaged the driver of the bus in a quarrel over the key to the bus.

He said the DCE is only brooding over the report of the Auditor General which implicated her and thought accusing him unduly would divert attention of her misdeeds during the

President’s visit to the constituency.

DCE Mary Boatemaa Marfo accused Dr. Nana Ayew Afriyie of masterminding her removal from office after the Auditor-General indicted her administration.

She was reported to have manipulated some contracts in the constituency to enrich herself.

The report said that over GH¢141,000 had been lost through padding of enrolment figures and other manipulations of data.

Findings of preliminary investigations, conducted by state agencies such as the National Security and the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO) in collaboration with the Ghana School Feeding programme (GSFP) Secretariat, established some infractions in seven schools in the Sekyere East District.

The report indicated that Ntunkumso Presbyterian Primary, which was a single school with an enrolment of 385 and one caterer as of the third term of 2017/18 academic year, had been split into three with the enrolment figure repeated thrice in the payment file.

It was also discovered at the Ntunkumso Roman Catholic Primary that although the school had 172 pupils for the period under review, the caterer was paid for 380 pupils.

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