The Controller and Accountant-General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem, has rubbished claims of putting delegates from the Akim Swedru Constituency on salary for the past two years in preparation for his contest as the MP for the constituency.
To him, the false allegation by Member of Parliament for Bongo Constituency, Edward Bawa, is a calculated attempt to drag his hard-earned reputation into the mud.
During an appearance on TV3’s Big Issues recently, Bawa disclosed that the delegates openly confirmed this on air, expressing his concern over the lack of action from the Office of the Special Prosecutor (OSP) in investigating the matter.
“Currently, as we sit, on live radio, you know the current sitting Controller and Accountant-General, Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem is vying to contest one of the seats in the Central Region. Every delegate has been put on salary, and he has been doing that for about two years.
“That’s what I heard. So yesterday, you had a situation where people were now texting and saying ‘incoming MP’. I say if you have a situation where you control my money, there must be a law on how you deal with some of these things. Everybody is seeing it, and nobody is questioning it. The OSP is not interested in investigating this,” Bawa asserted.
Mr. Kwasi Kwaning-Bosompem has publicly declared his intention to contest the upcoming parliamentary primary of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This revelation comes amidst broader concerns about vote-buying incidents in the recently concluded NPP parliamentary primaries, with Bawa emphasising the urgent need to address various forms of corruption within the political landscape.
But the Controller and Accountant-General has denied the allegations made against him, which not only tarnish the reputation of the individual in question but also cast doubt on the entire institution and its commitment to serving the nation.
“It is important to note that the payroll system of the Government of Ghana is a complex and meticulously designed process that involves multiple layers of scrutiny, verification and established protocols.
“The allegations suggesting that the Controller and Accountant-General manipulated the payroll system, and single-handedly put unauthorised names on the payroll for two years are not only false and baseless, but also undermine the integrity of the Department.
“It is essential that we rely on credible evidence and due process of verifications before making such ill-minded and outrageous accusations that can have far-reaching consequences.
“The doors of the Department are open to any independent investigation into the allegations. It is crucial that the reputation of the Controller and Accountant-General, as well as the integrity of the CAGD, be restored and upheld,” the Public Relations Unit of the Controller and Accountant-General Department (CAGD) stressed.
By Kofi Aduonum