Assembly member for Abusuakuruwa Electoral area in Kumasi, Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, wants the immediate past Metropolitan Chief Executive officer of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA), Kojo Bonsu, to be investigated for allegedly misappropriating funds during his tenure.
The call comes barely a day after Mr. Bonsu announced his resignation, following weeks of pressure from the Asanteman Traditional Council and other groups.
According to Mr. Boakye, a member of a group who previously called for the KMA boss’ removal, there is already a petition before the Economic and Organised Crime Office (EOCO), asking for investigations into the dealings of the former KMA boss.While welcoming Mr. Bonsu’s resignation, he said, “as I speak, we have petitioned EOCO about a number of issues but because he was in authority, I think he was able to bulldoze his way through. Till date, EOCO has not been able to come out with its findings.”
Citing some instances of financial malfeasance on the part of Mr. Bonsu, Mr. Boakye stated that, the cost of the development of the Rattray Park had been inflated.
“We didn’t buy the land, it was given to us for free. It was the property of KMA as a body so we didn’t have to buy it. But according to him, we spent a whopping sum of GHc17 million… it doesn’t warrant that amount. For the fence wall alone, the assembly approved Ghc 350,000 for him, but he spent GHc 840,000 instead of the GHc 350,000.”
“There is this project at Kumasi Academy, the assembly hall. It was at lintel level and Kojo Bonsu raised final payment certificates on that project and effected payments which some of us believe was not the right thing to be done. I believe EOCO has to come out on some of these issues,” the Assembly member added.
Revenue from Kejetia Market unaccounted for
Mr. Boakye also noted that, the revenue accrued from tolls collected at the Kejetia market have not been unaccounted for since Mr. Bonsu assumed that responsibility.
“The entire assembly requested for a comprehensive report from the Mayor. Till date, he couldn’t account for the proceeds from the Kejetia Market and we don’t even know the account that he put the monies in and what he has done with the money.”