NPP parliamentary candidate, 17 others in court over fertilizer theft

New Patriotic Party parliamentary candidate for Hemang Lower Denkyira constituency in the Central Region, Bright Wereko Brobbey  has been dragged to court by the Ghana Cocoa Board for allegedly stealing its fertilizers.

The parliamentary candidate is in court with seventeen others for the alleged offense.

He is suspected to have distributed the fertilizers to delegates in his constituency during the recently held parliamentary primaries of the NPP.

Central Regional Manger of COCOBOD, Eugene Gyamfi represented the company as the complainant in the case.

According to the complainant, the fertilizers were meant for distribution to cocoa farmers but were given freely to NPP polling station executives to entice them to vote for the parliamentary candidate.

The quantity of fertilizer bags involved is 1201 and valued at 210, 287 Ghana cedis.

The beneficiaries, according to the facts presented to the court, do not own cocoa farms to be entitled to free fertilizer distribution. Even those with farms have smaller farm size that do not warrant the quantity of fertilizers they received.

The distributors, according to the prosecutor, were arrested and the bags of fertilizers retrieved from them.

Bright Wereko Brobbey has therefore been charged with aiding and abetment of crime. Others were charged with stealing and dishonestly receiving the cocoa fertilizers.

The accused persons  pleaded not guilty and were granted bail to reappear in August 12, 2015.

Mr. Wereko Brobbey, who is a community development specialist is believed to have gotten the fertilizers from the second accused Felix Kwame Quainoo, a district cocoa officer.

Meanwhile, counsel for the defendants Michael Ato Dadzie told the media he will not read politics into the case but was confident his clients are innocent and “at the appropriate time we will prove the innocence of the accused persons.” files from Myjoyonline  

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