Over 50 members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) have called for a probe into projects undertaken by its former chief executive, Kojo Bonsu.

The assembly members have accused the mayor of embezzling funds and taking unilateral decisions while in office.

Speaking on the Executive Breakfast Show on Class 91.3fm on Wednesday June 13, Assembly Member for Ridge Nhyiaeso Abraham Boadi said Mr Bonsu’s resignation on Tuesday does not bring matters to a close.

“We believe Honourable Kojo Bonsu has taken several decisions, projects, and other things, which he has used our monies without the approval of the assembly and without the consent of the assembly. And you cannot use public money without the assembly giving you any approval,” he stated.

“We think now we have to go back and recall all the projects. …It is possible that we will recall him to account to us because… in the local government concept, they don’t have the legislative power to decide to do anything [including] spending our monies on any project, so we believe we have to call him to account to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly before he can leave,” he added.

The Assembly Members are also demanding what they describe as a positive replacement for Mr Kojo Bonsu.

“We want a positive replacement. Somebody who understands the local government concept, somebody who respects the traditional authorities and the assembly system. You cannot work showing disrespect to the traditional authorities. We don’t have lands as an assembly, we got all our lands from Nananom and when we have a problem with them, what development are you going to [carry out]? If Nananom say they won’t release any land for you to develop, are you going to develop in the sky? So Kojo Bonsu has shown disrespect to the traditions [and] Nananom are very worried. Even apart from his resignation, the assembly has to resolve to go back to Manhyia to apologise seriously that Nananom should have hope and sympathy with the KMA,” Mr Boadi stated.

Source: Ghana/ClassFMonline.com/91.3fm


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