These are certainly not best of times for the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) over cash for Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) jobs.
Fresh allegations continue to emerge day after day on how the top echelon of the party in the various regions have used their positions to launder billions of cedis from persons who showed interest in MMDCE appointments.
Just when the public is breathing on the president to sanction Daniel Bugri Naabu, the Northern Regional Chairman of NPP and Ms Otiko Afisa Djaba, Minister Gender Children and Social Protection, for trading bribery charges against each other, the Deputy Central Regional Organizer of NPP, Mathew Botchwey affectionately known as ‘California’ has blown the lid on how his Chairman Robert Kutin collected money from outsiders to run cash-for-job rackets in their region to the detriment of deserving hardworking members of the party.
Mynewsgh.com has gathered from California that one Abdallah, indentified as a son of ‘Mercy Cream’ has allegedly paid the sum of Hundred Thousand Cedis (GH¢100.000.00) to Robert Kutin to influence his chances of securing a DCE slot but all to no avail.
Botchwey claimed the ‘modus operandi’ of his Chairman (Kutin) and trend is assuming a new dimension in the region where money has become the prerequisite requirement of one becoming a district Chief Executive. He said, Kutin since assuming office in 2013 become autocratic abhors dissenting views.
He attributed the rejection of both Assin South and Abura -Asebu Kwamankese District Chief Executive nominees to Chairman Robert Kutin.
According to him, Kutin managed to replace some of the nominees a day before the lists was published.
He accused Mr Kutin for blocking the appointment of one his vice Chairmen, Kofi Karikari from becoming a deputy Regional Minister. ‘Upon all the opportunities given to Kutin by the President, he still impedes others progress. ‘He (Kutin) is the Chairman of Maritime, while his uncle is chairing the Getfund Board, but he did all he could to block the appointment of Chairman KK twice from serving as deputy minister in the region’- he alleged
‘Others are afraid of Kutin, but I Mathew have resolved to face Kutin everywhere to ensure that I rescue the party from him’. ‘Kutin is hurting the image of the party in that. I cannot allow him to continue that trend for the party to suffer in subsequent elections,’ California told a local radio station.