Tema, Nov. 9, GNA - The Tema Metropolitan Chief Executive has handed over four persons including the Assembly’s Mechanical Engineer and an Assembly Member to the Police for allegedly selling an excavator belonging to the Assembly.
The four are Mr Alexander Allotey, Tema Metropolitan Mechanical Engineer, Mr Lawrence Agyekum, Assembly Member for the Ottawa Electoral Area, who is also a political aid to the MCE, Stanley Arthur and one other person.
The Ghana News Agency gathered that the excavator which was said to be valued at about USD 100,000 was stationed at the Ramsar Site in Community Five, was sold it to a scrap dealer by the suspects.
Mr Frank Asante, Tema Metropolitan Public Relations Officer, confirming the arrest to the GNA said the MCE apart from reporting the criminal activity to the Police, also referred the issue to the Public Relations and Complaints Committee (RCC) for the conduct of the Assembly’s functions to be investigated.
Mr Asante indicated that the RCC was waiting for the outcome of the Police investigations to enable them follow laid down Assembly procedures to effect the necessary sanctions.
Meanwhile, the Coalition of Progressive Assembly members (COPAM) had condemned the arrest and detention of the Assembly Member as according to them, he was on his way to attend a general assembly meeting.
In a press release, they “noted with deep surprise the arrest and detention of the Assembly Member for Ottowa Electoral Area, Hon. L.A. Provencal for his alleged involvement in the sale of a property belonging to the Tema Metropolitan Assembly at the instance of its MCE, Hon. Felix Mensah Nii Anang-La”.
“COPAM’s surprise stems from the fact that as MCE he should have known better that there are certain immunities that Assembly Members enjoy by virtue of the fact that Assembly Members are legislators and Policy Makers as enshrined in the Local Governance Act 936 (2016) and the Model Standing Orders”.