- The Assembly spent monies meant for projects to procure guns for the MP and the MCE
- The two guns were registered in the names of the MP and MCE for their personal use
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The Member of Parliament for Asawase Constituency, Hon Muntaka Mubarak has justified why the Municipal Assembly of Asokore Mampong used its funds in purchasing two pump action guns for him and the District Chief Executive of the area.
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The Assembly’s decision to spend part of its Common Fund in buying guns for the two politicians has sparked outrage after it was revealed by the Auditor-General.
The Auditor-General's report has revealed that some monies meant for developmental projects under the Asokore Mampong Municipal assembly was misapplied to procure guns for the personal use of the MP, Mubarak Muntaka and the former MCE of the area, Nurudeen Hamidan.
According to Kasapafmonline.com, the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly procured the two pump action guns valued at GHc9,100.00 from the main DACF and MP’s DACF accounts for the personal use and protection of the MCE and the MP.
The report added that the guns were all registered in the names of Hon. Mubarak Muntaka and Mr. Hamidan, the former MCE.
But the office of the MP has explained that the guns were bought in 2015 for the personal protection of the two NDC officials since the crime rate within constituency had reached its peak.
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A statement signed by the Special Assistant of Hon Muntaka Mubarak, Farouk Muniru, explained that there was a high sophisticated robbery attack at the residence of the MP, where valuable items amounting to millions of Ghana Cedis were stolen, with the police being unable to make any arrest.
“This and many other cogent reasons are why it’s very important for the protection of the safety of the Member of Parliament,” the statement said.
It also added that, “the former MCE Hon Nuru Hamidan had since handed over the pump action gun meant for the office of the Municipal Chief Executive to the newly appointed MCE, Hon Alidu Seidu and he’s currently using it for his protection…”
“And Hon Mubarak Muntaka will also hand over the gun the very day he ceases to be the MP for Asawase Constituency," a portion of the statement quoted.
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