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Politics of Sunday, 7 June 2020


Saglemi Project: Were you bewitched to make March 2017 payment? - Sampson Ahi asks Atta Akyea

Sampson Ahi, MP for Bodi play videoSampson Ahi, MP for Bodi

Sampson Ahi is wondering when the much talked about prosecution by Samuel Atta Akyea is going to take place.

"Atta Akyea has not even finished with the auditing he claims to be doing and he is already making allegations without any basis . . . he started saying people will be arrested and prosecuted way back in 2017, 2018, 2019 and he is still saying it in 2020; when is the arrest going to be made?" he queried.

According to him, no arrest has been made so far because there is no basis to take such action; "there is nothing there”.

The Member of Parliament for Bodi constituency was reacting to the Saglemi Housing Project and allegations made by the Minister of Works and Housing, Samuel Atta Akyea.

The act of bewitchment

Responding to parliamentary questions on the floor of Parliament on Thursday, June 4, 2020, Atta Akyea said: “On the 27th day of February 2014, the then Minister for Water Resources, Works and Housing, Honourable Collins Dauda, MP, on his own motion, rubbished the parliamentary approval and reviewed the original agreement and signed his own First and Restated Agreement with Messrs Construtora OAS Ghana Limited to downsize the number of houses to be constructed to 1,502 housing units with the same contract sum of $200 million.”

He further added: “I do not know if the then (Minister) had been bewitched by the Contractor”.

Reacting to this, Sampson Ahi who was speaking on UTV’s ‘Critical Issues’, Saturday said per the Saglemi housing project final report 2018; "in March 2017, 5.6m was paid to the contractor and it was paid under Samuel Atta Akyea, and so if we were bewitched, was he also bewitched to release this money? . . . if he claims he has no knowledge of the payment, it is a huge indictment".

"If you don’t yet have the report why make allegations? This shows he was just engaging in politics . . . no one gave the contractor 80 million, that claim from the Minister, Atta Akyea is factually inaccurate . . . because of politics they are not even going to find out for themselves what is happening on grounds," he added.

Listen to him below.

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