KATH Chief Executive sponsoring candidates against NPP with hospital funds?

By Gabriel Amoah, Kumasi September 28, 2016 2216 679 comments

At a time the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital seems to be struggling financially with no injection of cash by government, the ruling National Democratic Congress is rather, allegedly, using resources of the facility to sponsor political campaigns of some independent parliamentary candidates, a deep throat source at the facility has revealed to the Daily Statesman.

 

And, the move, according to the paper's source, is being spearheaded by the Chief Executive Officer of the hospital, Joseph Akpaloo.

Our information indicates that Dr Akpaloo is allegedly spending huge sums of money in an effort to undermine the electoral fortunes of the NPP.

The Daily Statesman understands he has managed to convince one specialist at the hospital, Bright Oppong, to pick nomination forms to contest as an independent parliamentary candidate in the Ahafo Ano North constituency, to split votes from the Akan communities to reduce the threat posed by the NPP candidate against the incumbent NDC MP, Akwasi Adusei.

Dr Oppong, who is an in-law of the MP, is said has been promised mouth-watering packages for himself and his family for his readiness to work against the electoral interest of the opposition NPP.

Though Bright Oppong is supposed to be serving his ten months official leave, without pay, our checks indicate that he is still receiving his full monthly salary.

A letter dated December 2, 2015, signed by Dr Oppong, through the head of Directorate of Medicine, to the CEO, headlined "Request for leave without pay", reads: "I should be grateful if you could grant a (10) Ten-month Leave without Pay to enable me take care of some personal and family issues before returning to work."

The letter adds: "This leave will help me to take care of these uncontrollable issues that are likely to interfere with my ability to meet my employment responsibilities...the preferred start date would be from 1st March 2016 to 31st December, 2016."

However, a roaster bearing names of all staff from the Directorate of Medicine of the KATH tells a different story. According to the roaster, Dr Bright Oppong is on a sabbatical leave, which means he is entitled to be paid his monthly salary.  But there is no document to that effect.

According to sources at the hospital, some senior management members have managed to pull some strings at the Ministry of Health and the Controller and Accountant-General’s office to ensure that Dr Oppong gets paid, ostensibly to get funds for his political agenda against the NPP.

"But this is not our worry; it is their political strategy. But what we see wrong is why the CEO will still order the payment of salaries to Dr Oppong who has since December last year written for leave without pay. And as I speak to you now, Dr Oppong is still getting paid since July, while on leave without pay," our source at the hospital said.

"They are not wasting away our monies in that constituency alone; in fact, other constituencies like Atwima Kwanwoma, Adanse Asokwa, among other places, which have people standing as independent parliamentary candidates are all being sponsored by our CEO and the NDC. In fact, our CEO is the one in-charge of all these constituencies, to make sure they create a seed of disunity among the Akan communities for their electoral agenda," the source added.

According to the paper's source, the CEO is using KATH as an office of the NDC, adding "sometimes we have to end a management meeting just to allow them do their party meetings. This is worrying but one has no choice than to suffer this humiliation."

 

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