The former District Finance Officer for Sefwi Akontombra in the Western North Region, Isaac Akowuah, and the current District Finance Officer of the same district, James Essilfie, have been arrested by the parliament police upon the strict orders of the chairman of the Public Accounts Committee (PAC) when they appeared before the committee.
After first meeting officials from the assembly last week, PAC raised questions about some 62 payment vouchers that could not be accounted for by officials of the Sefwi Akontombra District Assembly.
After further enquiries, PAC could only trace nine of the payment vouchers.
During that meeting, the assembly was asked to recall the former District Finance Officer, who had been transferred outside the district to explain the absence of the vouchers.
After checks with the auditors, following Isaac Akowaah’s testimony, the committee felt that the accounts being given were not adding up.
This thus compelled the PAC Chairman, James Klutse Avedzi, to order the arrests.
“You want to hold the committee to ransom; that the two of you [connived] to try and deceive this committee…we are going to lock you up.”
“The police will take a statement from you and that statement will be used against you in the law court. We [the Public Accounts Committee] will not prosecute you. [Instead] The government will take over [this case],” Mr. Avedzi said during the sitting.
The committee is currently considering the Auditor General’s Reports for 2015 and 2016 on the management and utilisation of the District and Municipal Assemblies Common Fund and other statutory funds.