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Bright Simons submits RTI request for information on KMA’s missing GHC3.6m

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Lawyers representing Vice President of IMANI Africa, Bright Simons, have submitted a Right to Information (RTI) request under Act 989, seeking detailed information on the use of GH¢3.6 million belonging to the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).

The funds, reportedly held by Fidelity Bank Ghana, have sparked controversy amid allegations of the bank’s inability to account for the money.

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According to reports, KMA raised concerns regarding the GH¢3.6 million, which is said to be part of an GH¢8 million loan obtained from Fidelity Bank for the redevelopment of the KMA-Krofrom Market Project.

The report indicates that only GH¢5 million was disbursed for the project, leaving the whereabouts of the remaining amount unknown.

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Fidelity Bank came out in a statement to deny any foul play and clarified that: “there is no missing or unaccounted for amount of GH¢3.6 million as indicated in KMA’s release. The entire amount of GH¢ 8.6 million disbursed for Phase 1 of the project comprised GH¢4 million disbursed from Fidelity Bank’s approved facility of GH¢5 million and the KMA’s own funds of GH¢4.6 million disbursed from their contribution of GH¢5million towards the project.”

But lawyers for Bright Simons, Gratia Law Consult, in their request indicated that the applicant demands “a detailed and thorough understanding of these arrangements [between Fidelity Bank and KMA] to assist his further factual deductions and to pursue his public interest objectives.”

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The lawyers added that they expect the KMA to fully cooperate and grant the request devoid of supposed delays because “for the avoidance of doubt, we believe, on careful consideration of the statute and the circumstances at hand, that Fidelity Bank, because of its dealings with KMA and other state-owned institutions, qualifies to be listed as a “relevant private body” within the meaning of the term in Act 989 and, at any rate, is a quasi-public institution in view of its receipt of public resources through KMA and others.

“There are, therefore, ample statutory and public policy grounds for the requested information to be disclosed in full, without exception or exemption, and without any regard to commercial secrecy.”

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