EC accountant returns over GH¢400k ‘missing’ money

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The beleaguered chief accountant of the Electoral Commission (EC) Kwaku Owusu Agyei-Larbi has refunded to the chest of the EC an amount of GH¢436,402.00 handed him for safe keeping. This was after he was reinstated as the election management body’s chief accountant. Mr. Agyei-Larbi was in July 2017 asked to proceed on leave by EOCO in the heat of the impasse at the EC, to allow for investigations of embezzlement of some endowment funds of the Commission.

The impasse led to the impeachment of the chairperson of the Commission Charlotte Osei and her two deputies for “misbehavior and incompetence”, pursuant to Article 146(1) of the Constitution. Their dismissal was after the Committee set up by the Chief Justice, Justice Sophia Akuffo, pursuant to Article 146(4) of the Constitution, to investigate separate complaints brought against the three persons by Ghanaian citizens, recommended their removal from office.

On page 34 of the report of the Chief Justice’s Committee that recommended the removal of the EC Chair and her two deputies, it was also submitted that Mr. Owusu – Larbi, be made to pay to the Commission the amount of GH¢ 360,000.00 he admitted had been in his custody in his office since 2016. If he is not able to pay the said amount to the EC, we recommend that he is charged with stealing.”

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