La Dadekotopon NDC Suspends Activities

Ade Coker

Executives of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the La Dadekotopon Constituency have announced the suspension of all activities of the party in the area with immediate effect.

The decision of the constituency executives as contained in a press release was to force the regional and national offices of the party to publicly condemn what they described as “wicked political machination” against the former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah.

“Our sources indicate that there is a politically calculated agenda to denigrate and discredit the integrity of Sylvester Mensah by people close to the President,” a statement signed by executives led by Alhaji Ismil Obodai Annan, Constituency chairman of the party.

Mr. Mensah, the constituency executives said, is an NDC stalwart who has contributed enormously to his constituency La Dadekotopon, regional and national levels of the NDC.

The party condemned the act and pledged their unalloyed support for Mr. Mensah.

The statement, which was signed by all the executives of the La Dadakotopon Constituency, also gave the NDC a 72-hour ultimatum to end the ‘senseless harassments and intimidation’ of persons in the party.

“If by the 9th of January 2016, the party hierarchy cannot confirm the status of the said investigations, the La Dadekotopon Constituency would advise itself,” the statement added.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself Troops for Development, has called on the public to disregard reports that Sylvester Mensah, former boss of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA) misappropriated public funds during his tenure at the authority.

The group, in a statement signed by its chairman, Torto Nabi Adjah, said Mr. Mensah is not corrupt as the public has been made to believe.

It said the former NHIA boss had served the NHIA diligently and maintained a reputation which cannot be dented by faceless and malicious characters.

It said, “We are not in any way against any lawful invitation and interrogation of public officials by state institutions, but we are only concerned about the manner in which it was done.”

The group said the BNI acted unprofessionally in handling the issue and therefore called on the institution to render an unqualified apology to Mr. Sylvester Mensah and his household.

The former Chief Executive of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), Sylvester Mensah, was invited by the BNI on January 1st 2016 after seven armed BNI operatives stormed his residence at Tse Addo, near Trade Fair in Accra.

Mr. Mensah was not at home when the armed men invaded his residence.

They however proceeded to search his house and manhandled his security man.

It is however not clear if his arrest has anything to do with a fraudulent case being investigated by the BNI in which five officials of the NHIA have been arrested.

Investigations into fraudulent activities at the NHIA began six months ago at the instance of President John Mahama, and according to the BNI many of the medical facilities have been falsifying documents and submitting bloated claims to the NHIA.

In some cases, they colluded with officials of the NHIA to defraud the state.

By Jamila Akweley Okertchiri