I paid GHC 300K bribe to assembly members - Former MCE confesses

I paid GHC 300K bribe to assembly members - Former MCE confesses

- I was rejected twice after paying monies to assembly members to confirm my nomination as MCE

- “Monecracy” rules at the local level, especially when it comes to confirmation of MMDCE nominees

- Mr Yamoah Ponkoh made the revelation on radio Tuesday morning

Yamoah Ponkoh , a former Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) in the NDC administration says he took a loan of Gh¢300,000 to bribe assembly members in his quest to secure the position.

According to him, even after the assembly members collected the money, they did not vote for him.

I paid GHC 300K bribe to assembly members - Former MCE confesses

Yamoah Ponkoh, former MCE Ejisu Juaben

Even after collecting my money, they (the assembly members) voted against me… I took a loan to pay these members but they rejected me. I spent over ¢3 billion (Gh¢300,000) and I’m still paying,” Ponkoh told Accra-based Neat FM Tuesday.

He further explained that all the 70 members of the assembly received GHC 1,500 each per round to be voted as MCE, but they still didn't vote for him.

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It’s not easy… I’m still carrying that burden of servicing loans,” Ponkoh said while explaining the nitty-gritty of what goes into the confirmation of MMDCEs when the president nominates you.

Mr Ponkoh first became MCE Ejisu Juaben May 2011 under late president John Mills. He was fired under the Mahama administration and was rejected twice after he was nominated in 2016.

There have been pockets of rejections of President Akufo-Addo’s MMDCE nominees in some parts of the country.

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