The Municipal Chief Executive Officer(MCE) of the Nsawam/Adoagyiri Assembly in the Eastern Region, Isaac KwadwoBuabeng, and two others are being investigated by the Criminal Investigation Department (CID) for using the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) Chairman’s name to defraud contractors.
The MCE and his accomplices as gathered, since 2019 allegedly defrauded a group of about 26 contractors in an unseen contract scam by using the name of the NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay.
The MCE and one, Davies KwashieAdatey, who works at the Assembly have been accusing of taken huge sums of money from the individual contractors including one Member of Parliament (name withheld) to one Nana Agyemang, A.k.aMarone on the claims that they will give them contracts.
They allegedly told the contractors that they said the amount taken will be given to the NPP National Chairman, Freddie Blay who will order the contracts to be awarded to them.
The MCE, Isaac Buabeng who is leading the alleged fraud business when taken the individual contractor’s money will later award the same contract to a different person who pays higher than the first party, then refused to refund the money back.
For instance, when he will award a contract Of Ghc 25000, then takes his part and share that with Quashie before given the rest to Nana Agyemang, who is also using the Party Chairman’s name to do his business.
The MCE once awarded a road weeding contract to his party 1st Vice Chairman, by taken an amount of Ghc 4000 from him and later awarded the same contract to a different person who he has refused to pay the money taken from the chairman.
The actions of the MCE and his accomplices reportedly infuriated the contractors who have filed a report at the Criminal Investigation Department Headquarters in Accra against them.
A Source confirmed to this paper that, the contractors in a group since 2019 started to make a case against the Nsawam / Adoagyire MCE and Kwashie Davies Adatey for taking the money from them for an unseen contract.
According to the source, the team leader Nana Agyeman also known as Marone told the contractors that he will award them a contract from the NPP National Chairman so they should pay Ghc 20, 000.00 each for a facilitation fee.
The source indicated that some of the contractors paid an amount ranges from Ghc 20, 000.00, Ghc 40,000.00 to Ghc 60,000.00 but the contract was never awarded to them.
The source said the case was sent to court but the court ordered the prosecutor to sermon the MCE and one other guy at the assembly called Dodowa.
The NPP National chairman as gathered confirmed that he knows Agyeman but has never promised to award the contract to anybody.
Mr. Freddie Blay then instructed him (Nana Agyeman) to refund the money back to the contractors and indeed some of the monies were refunded to about 6 of them who made the case.
However, the MCE and Mr. Kwashie have refused to pay their part of the money, hence been reported to the CID to be investigated.
This portal gathered that in a smart move to avoid has been prosecuted; the MCE wrote a petition against Mr. Kwashie to be sacked since he is using the office to defraud people.
Interestingly, the MCE as gathered is one who received the monies and gives a share to Mr. Kwashie but ends up denying knowledge about it when invited by the CID for questioning.
The contractors who are mostly sympathized with the NPP, have expressed worries about the situation as some who fear been victimized have denied knowledge about the said contract scam.
Meanwhile, attempts to get the MCE to hear the side of the story proved futile as all calls sent to his phone were not answered.