November 29, 2021

Juaben MCE nominee arrested and bailed over bribery claims

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The rejected Municipal Chief Executive nominee for Juaben in the Ashanti region, Alex Sarfo Kantanka, has been bailed after he was arrested by Police in Kumasi following a viral video of him demanding a refund of alleged bribe he paid to assembly members for his confirmation.

Mr. Kantanka, was seen in a viral video demanding a refund of alleged bribes he paid assembly members for his confirmation.

The police have also commenced investigations into the alleged bribery to ascertain the truth of the matter.

Background

The President’s nominee, for the Juaben Municipal Assembly, was rejected by assembly members in the area.

The disappointed nominee was captured in a secretly filmed video, demanding a refund of the bribe he allegedly paid to some assembly members after they rejected him during a nearly chaotic confirmation process.

In a video, the rejected nominee was seen hurling insults and curses at some individuals believed to be assembly members for accepting his money but refusing to confirm him as the substantive MCE for the area.

In some instances, he was seen angrily exchanging words with some assembly members and demanding the return of monies paid to them.

He was also caught on camera asking everyone who accepted the cash “to be ready to return his money urgently”.

Earlier in the day, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, was seen appealing to members of the Juaben Municipal Assembly to forget the past and vote for the President’s nominee.

Mr. Alex failed to secure the two-thirds majority after he garnered six out of the 26 votes cast in the first attempt.

The nominee was reappointed by the President after some assembly members boycotted the first exercise to confirm him on Friday, citing intimidation over the deployment of armed security officers.


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