The Greater Accra regional secretary of the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC), Theophilus Tetteh Chaie, has taken a swipe at the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), for failing to react to the specific issues raised by the umbrella family over the use of $6.8 million for an audit report.He told host of Frontline on Rainbow Radio 87.5Fm, Kwame Tutu, he [Chaie] was disappointed in the NPP for reacting the allegations levelled against the government in a shoddy manner.
The NPP has refuted allegations that government paid private firms to conduct forensic audit into activities of some former appointees under the previous NDC government. Communications Director of the NPP, Buaben Asamoa, told the press on Wednesday the NDC lied to divert attention from their corruption and rot they left.
“It appears Mr. Asiedu is on a mission to make noise and hopefully boost his flagging campaign for re-election.
Otherwise, no logical explanation comes easily to mind for his antics exhibited in a full blown press conference and further more on other media. We want to say that most of what he delivered were lies, speculating half truths and deliberate lies concocted in the pot of his imagination…”
“Perhaps, we suspect there is a real reason why the NDC is attempting to misinform the public. Is the NDC seeking to preempt the results of the ongoing forensic audits? It beats my imagination why the NDC is rushing to discredit investigations which are yet to feed into potential prosecutions.
This is the same party which challenged the whole world to prosecute them if they were found to be corrupt. What has changed? The technical support from the UNDP is part of their anti-corruption support and governance project which cost less than a $100,000.
The mention, we believe of 6.8 million dollars is a total red herring aimed at diverting attention from the substantive findings of the forensic audits… It will serve the public well if Mr. Nketia will be humble enough to apologize for bringing the name of the UNDP in disrepute..” But Mr Chaie said, ‘’The issues we raised were not the issues there were addressing.
The Auditor-General has said he never sanctioned the audit and yet the NPP failed to respond to the issue. They also failed to respond to the interference in the work of the Auditor-General by the Audit Service Board chair, Prof. Dua Agyeman.’’
Mr Chaie said, the Communications Director failed to react to the issues because he never understood what Mr Nketiah, the general secretary of the party said. ‘’This government is misruling this country.
They have exhibited high level of incompetence. They have failed to resource the Special Prosecutor,’’ he added. Meanwhile, he has insisted that the helicopter used by Dr. Bawumia the Vice President for his donation exercise forms part of the helicopters the NPP claims are missing.