Bono Regional Minister refutes corruption allegations

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By Dennis Peprah, GNA 

Sunyani, Aug. 27, GNA – Mrs Evelyn Ama
Kumi-Richardson, the Bono Regional Minister, has refuted allegations of
misappropriation of public funds being speculated in some traditional and
social media outlets.

Describing the story as falsehood, Mrs
Richardson said the report was orchestrated by her political detractors, a ploy
they had adopted to ostensibly unmake and tarnish her reputation and make the
government unpopular.

In an interview with the Ghana News Agency
(GNA) in Sunyani, the Regional Minister who is the immediate past Sunyani
Municipal Chief Executive, condemned the report and appealed to the media to be
circumspect by cross-checking their facts well before going to press.

Headlined: “Minister defies Presidential
directive: blows GHC33,000.00 on unapproved foreign travels”, according to the
report which had gone viral in the social media, allegations against the
Minister were contained in the 2018 report of the Auditor General on the
management and utilization of District Assemblies’ Common Fund and other
statutory funds.

But there was nowhere the Regional Minister
was indicted, according to a copy of the 2018 Auditor-General’s Report shown to
the GNA.

Mrs Richardson reminded the media of its
essential role towards accelerating national development and appealed to
practitioners to endeavour to exhibit such obligations in a more decorous
manner.

She advised the media to make
professionalism their hallmark, look out and shun politicians and miscreants
who might use their outlets as a tool to peddle falsehood to defame and smear
the image of others just for their selfish interest and gains.

Mrs Richardson said as a new region, the
doors of the Bono Regional Coordinating Council were always opened to the
media, and called on practitioners to offer constructive but not destructive
criticisms, in addition to highlighting and showcasing the numerous economic
potentials of the region to attract investors.

GNA

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