Former DCE for Sekyere East faces court for ‘stealing’; passport seized

Mary Boatemaa Marfo

A judge has ordered a former District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere East, Mary Boatemaa Marfo, to hand over her travelling passport to the Juaben District Court registrar as the police continues investigations into a charge of stealing levelled against her.

Ms Marfo, who pleaded not guilty to the charge, was also a ₵300,000 bail with three sureties -but two to be justified- by the Rosemarie Asante court, according to a Daily Guide report. She will reappear before the court on December 21.

Prosecutors say the complainant in the case, Akwasi Sarpong, is manager of God-Can Engineering Company, which undertakes electrification projects in Ashanti Region.

He said in the year 2018, the complainant was awarded a rural electrification contract to extend electricity to some suburbs of Effiduase and was given 266 eight-meter electric poles, worth GH¢206,160.00, by the Ministry of Energy.

The prosecutor said the complainant informed the accused of his intention to keep the poles at her official residence for the fear of thieves and she agreed.

Chief Inspector Effah said the complainant could not convey the poles at the scheduled time to commence the project due to some reasons which were beyond his control.

However, when the Ministry of Energy finally ordered him to commence the project, he went to the residence to convey the poles but could not find them.

The prosecution said after several attempts to get the former DCE to show him where the poles were, failed.

The complainant made a report to the Effiduase Police, where the accused was invited and her caution statement taken.

Chief Inspector Effah said the accused was charged by the Police after investigations into the case.


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