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Friday, March 26, 2010

Carl Wilson's acts shameful to Ghana's integrity-Manhyia MP

Dr Mathew Prempeh
Dr Mathew Prempeh
Member of Parliament for Manhyia is not impressed with the mere sack from office of Carl Wilson, Chairman of the Confiscated Vehicle Allocation Committee.

Dr Mathew Opoku Prempeh said the enormity of his offence has caused great embarrassment to the nation, and to repair that integrity, the stolen motorbikes confiscated by authorities of the Tema Ports but which was later sold to other people under the supervision of Carl Wilson, must be returned to their rightful owners.

Carl Wilson has for the past weeks made headlines for all the wrong reasons with allegations of car and motor bike fraud at the Tema Harbour hanging around his neck.

Each time the allegations came up, deputy Chief of Staff, Alex Segbefia rose to his defence, demanding evidence of wrong doing from his accusers before government could act.

On Thursday, news about his sack was announced but not after a group of disgruntled NDC sympathisers locked up the offices of the party’s national headquarters demanding the immediate dismissal of Carl Wilson.

By mere coincidence, Head of Communications at the presidency Koku Anyidoho told Joy News the Chairman of the Confiscated Vehicle Allocation Committee had been sacked three days ago, insisting, the action by the angry mob had nothing to do with the sack.

However, the Manhyia MP who has for weeks been blowing the whistle of corruption and abuse of office against Carl Wilson is not convinced by the explanations of Koku Anyidoho. He told Joy News’ Araba Koomson on Top Story that he is “ashamed” government took action only after being coerced by angry party mob.

He said the evidence of Carl Wilson’s corrupt practices was palpable and had made several attempts, including a question on the floor of Parliament, to draw government’s attention to the rot at the Tema Ports.

Mr Prempeh said the stolen motor bikes entered into the country early last year and with the ownership of the bikes in dispute it was confiscated by port authorities only to be resold by Carl Wilson.

Through Interpol, he said the ownership of the bikes was traced to the city of London, adding he had knowledge of the true owners of the bikes.

According to him, one of the owners flew down to Ghana from UK to repossess his £15,000 bike, only to be told it had been taken over by Carl Wilson.

“I have evidence that police in London requested the Ghana security apparatus to return those bikes to their lawful owners in London,”

“I have a list of the chassis and engine numbers of these numbers and their owners name and addresses.

These overwhelming evidence not withstanding, he said the bikes were resold to cronies and friends of Carl Wilson.

One of the bikes, he said was traced to Benin, with the new owner claiming to have bought it from Accra.

He charged the president to wage a crusade against the importation of stolen cars and motor bikes, just as he is doing for cocaine and other drugs.

Story by Nathan Gadugah/Myjoyonline.com/Ghana

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