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20.06.2005 Regional News

TMA calls for probe into Tema market financial malpractices


Tema, June 20, GNA - Thirty-one out of the 80 members of the Tema Municipal Assembly (TMA), have called on the Presiding Member of the Assembly, Nii Dortey Abortsi to convene a meeting within seven days to discuss the financial malpractices in the Tema Community One Central Market. They held the view that the financial malpractice has the tendency to tarnish the image of the Assembly.

The call, which was made in pursuance of the Model Standing Order of Municipal Assemblies, was contained in a letter addressed to the Presiding Member and copied to the Coordinating Director, Mr George Scott and signed by all the 31 members. "If the PM fails to act on the letter after the stipulated date, we will go back to meet the Coordinating Director, Mr George Scott," the letter read.

Mr Kwasi Kyei, Tema Market Union Coordinator has been accused of collecting a total of 43 million cedis from the traders but he denied and said the monies were rather collected for Mr Moses Commodore and Mr Samuel Akoto, Chief Technical Officer and Acting Municipal Engineer of the TMA respectively for alleged development of a site for the traders. Mr Richster Nii Amarh Amarfio, Assemblyman for Sealight Electoral Area, acting as a spokesman on behalf of his colleagues, explained that the issue remained media speculation and is gradually dragging the name of the Assembly into the mud. He stressed the need to know the legitimacy of Mr Kyei's appointment as the Coordinator and the terms of conditions under which he has been working in the market. He said though they are aware that the Administration has set up an internal committee to deal with the issue, "we believe that the issue has gone beyond internal arrangements because of the level it has received publicity."

The Assembly members wanted to give the issue a broader perspective and therefore, called for a probe involving related stakeholders. The probe should consist of Assembly members, the Police, market traders and staff of Tema Municipal Administration.