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11.06.2005 Crime & Punishment

TMA is investigates embezzlement case against NPP activist

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Tema, June 11, GNA - The Tema Municipal Assembly (TMA) is inviting Mr Akwasi Kyei, an activist of the Tema branch of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), to explain circumstances leading to the collection of millions of cedis from traders of the Tema Central Market in the name of the assembly.

During the recent demolition exercise by the TMA at the foodstuff discharging point, popularly known as "Kwaseya Dwaaso", the traders mentioned Mr Kyei, described as a Coordinator of the Market Union, of having collected millions of cedis from the traders.

The traders expressed surprise at the demolition of their metal containers at their present site and maintained that they were operating there legally because Mr Kyei made them aware that he was collecting the monies on behalf of the assembly for the project. Some of the traders told the GNA that though they paid some monies to Mr Kyei they have not been allocated stalls.

In an interview with Mr George Scott, the Tema Municipal Co-ordinating Director, said Mr Kyei is not part of the assembly. ''The assembly is inviting him to explain the rationale behind his action since the assembly has no business doing with him. This will help clear the assembly'', he said.

Mr Seth Aninpong, the Secretary of the Market Traders Association, is also alleged to have collected monies from the traders and has gone into hiding.

Efforts to trace Mr Kyei for his version proved futile.