WORK WITH AUDIT REPORTS TO STOP MMDCES FROM OVERSTEPPING BOUNDARIES—-NANA KOFI SENYA.
Former Presiding Member for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly and a local government expert, Nana Kofi Senya has charged regional ministers to use the periodic audit reports on Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies to rein its Chief Executives in line.
According to the celebrated PM it is unthinkable that the current Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi could be left to make certain decisions with the funds of the Assembly without using due process.
Speaking on Kumasi based Oyerepa FM, Nana Senya said it is not right to use the common fund of the Assembly to pay judgement debts.
He also wondered why the Assembly allowed the former MP for Nhyiaeso to accumulate his common fund for about 4 years without using same for development until the NPP primaries where he spent same in activities deemed as buying off some delegates of the NPP.
Nana Senya intimated that if the regional minister, Simon Osei Mensah had used the report as released by the audit service periodically, the KMA and its Chief executive could not have used funds of the Assembly frivolous matters.
He noted that for the Nhyiaeso former MP to accumulate about GHC500, 000.00 of his common fund and divert same into his private accounts was an act fraud.
Nana Senya wondered why public funds meant to be used for the constituency could be lodged in a private account and used as loans to individuals whose identities are questionable.
The former PM therefore admonished current regional ministers to take a cue from the rot the auditor General has uncovered in the 2020 audit report on KMA to learn lessons out of same.
The 2020 audit report has indicted the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly for using its common fund for settling judgement debts.
This, the report states is a serious breach since statutory funds are not to be used for such payments but for development purposes.
The report also made damning findings against Kennedy Kankam, a former MP for Nhyiaeso for using his almost 4 year old common fund as loans to persons whose identities are questionable after saving such funds in private account at Barclays Bank now Absa.
The MP has since been surcharged and asked to pay back the GHC 500, 000 advanced as loans to persons he dished out same to.