- NDC MP for Twifo Atti Morkwa in the Central Region, David Vondee, has been arraigned before the Accra High Court
- He was arraigned for alleged $2.4million land fraud
- His lawyer secured his bail and the case management will begin in June
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David Vondee—the National Democratic Congress’ Member of Parliament for Twifo Atti Morkwa—has been arraigned before the Accra High Court for allegedly committing $2.4million land fraud.
Vondee who has been charged with two counts of defrauding by false pretenses contrary to Section 131 (1) of the Criminal Offences Act, 1960, (Act 29) and money laundering contrary to Section 1(2) (c) of the Anti-Money Laundering Act, Act 2020 (Act 1044), pleaded not guilty.
The NDC legislator reportedly presented himself as a Chief Executive Officer of a private company, Klenam Construction Ltd, and sold out a piece of land to another private company called REI Ghana Limited between August 2015 and July 2016, when the NDC was still in power.
According to the prosecution, Vondee took the whopping amount to sell 20 acres of land at Frafraha in the Adentan Municipality to the REI Ghana Limited despite not having title to the land.
The High Court admitted him to bail in the sum of GHC2million with two sureties, both to be justified following an application by Godwin Edudzi Tamakloe, his lawyer.
The hearing continues on June 30 for case management, graphic.com.gh reported.
In other news on YEN.com.gh, officers of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS) manning the country’s entry points as part of Operation Calm Life have withdrawn from the operation, YEN.com.gh has gathered.
The officers were deployed to areas such Elubo, Akanu, Laklebi, Saboba, and Hamile as part of the government’s effort to clamp down on criminal activities along the country’s entry points.
They withdrew from Operation Calm Life in protest of the government’s moves to cut their daily stipends by a whopping 50%, Starrfm.com.gh reported.
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“There is no accommodation, there is no food, so we have to look for our own accommodation, feed ourselves based on what they give us, based on the ration [money] they give us,” one of the officers told Starr News on condition of anonymity.
According to the officer, it has been three months since the government paid their daily stipends of GHC100.
Meanwhile, the Comptroller General of the GIS expressed grave worry over what he described as terribly poor retirement conditions of officers of the GIS in an earlier YEN.com.gh reportage.
“If you look at all the agencies under Interior Ministry especially the security agencies, our pension benefit is nothing to write home about,” Kwame Asuah protested.
“You retire in such a manner that you go home, if you don’t take care, I don’t know what will happen to you,” he bemoaned.