The Wa West constituency youth organizer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Hon Claudius Kuuyour Dare (Aka Coo Red) has recent days been bemoaned and accused of extorting monies from individuals and party faithful in the constituency for his private gains.
Sources say Hon Claudius Dare had, on three consecutive times set up committees to take monies from party members to purchase things to be donated to targeted groups in the constituency. They however said such contributions did not serve their purposes and were never accounted for, by the initiator; Hon Claudius after the monies accrued was handed to him.
An informer within the party at the constituency said the hierarchy of the party never sanctioned any such engagement and state it was neither the youth organizer’s constitutional mandatory responsibility to mobilise funds especially without approval from party leadership.
The former assembly member of Sanour electoral area in the Wa West District of the Upper West Region is said to be taking monies from widows and the aged in the enclave as commissions anytime there is a disbursement of government’s Livelihood Empowerment Against Poverty (LEAP) funds to beneficiaries.
According to a source within the electoral area, “he picks Ghc5.00 from each of the beneficiaries as a commission for selecting” them to be enrolled. He added, Hon Claudius “said he brought the opportunity to them. He made them understand and anytime they are paying he has a commission there to collect from them”, else risk being removed from the government’s poverty reduction programme: LEAP.
Reaching out for his response to the allegation, Mr Claudius agreed to be responsible for mobilizing beneficiaries during enrolment and payment of their entitlements. He however declined to respond to the claim and any other allegations against him.
LEAP; a cash transfer programme by the government of Ghana to improve basic household consumption and nutrition, increase health care services and facilitate access to complimentary services among others for orphaned and vulnerable children, persons with serve disability without any productive capacity and elderly persons who are 65 years and above, was implemented to lessen the burdens of the extremely poor and vulnerable thereby, not requiring potential beneficiaries to pay any cash for registration or as commission to any government representative or agent required to get targeted persons enrolled.
The LEAP payment cycle of cash transfer ranges from GHS 64.00 for households with one eligible member and GHS 106.00 for households with four or more eligible members for beneficiaries.
While his electorates could be susceptible because of ignorance, persons as young as 29 years old, and without any disability were enrolled as the source revealed Mr Claudius Kuuyour Dare was using the enrolment as bait for his assembly membership bit. The source says “he picked people that are on his course”
Mr Claudius Kuuyour Dare is said to have also sold serial numbers of the government’s COVID-19 support Fund at a rate of Ghc5.00 to applicants before they are processed for onwards selection consideration.
The COVID-19 Support Fund is part of the government of Ghana’s Coronavirus Alleviation Programme Business Support Scheme (CAPBuSS) which was launched to provide financial support to Micro, Small, and Medium Enterprises (MSMEs) as a cushion on the economic and financial hardship arising from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Between the periods of him being a headmaster of Wechaobao R/C Junior High School, Mr Claudius Kuuyour Dare is alleged to have taken Ghc80.00 from students to purchase Bicycles for them to augment their transportation challenges. Source says the said bicycles were not provided for the students and their monies contributed were not returned or accounted for.
In one of his series of alleged fraudulent activities, the former assembly member and NDC youth organizer also “called for a meeting with farmers and said he had arranged with one Tractor Company and that they have agreed that if you are interested in the tractor services, they will plough for you and supply you with some seeds”. By this, each interested farmer was required to deposit a minimum amount of GHS 184.00. Afterwards, any land acre(s) of choice will be ploughed for any farmer with added seeds. The Hon. Assemblymember later returned to claim the said partnered company bolted with the money after he had paid the contributed monies to it. With the turn of events, he was alleged to have not paid back the farmers’ deposit neither was the farmlands ploughed as promised.
According to the sources, Hon Claudius Kuuyour Dare has also defrauded a pastor of his car after forging the said Reverend Minister’s signature on a document to claim ownership of the vehicle.
The information available indicates the pastor had agreed to sell out the car to him at a price of Ghc15, 000.00 where he will pay in instalment. The accounts said after making an initial payment of GH6, 000.00, Claudius Dare refused to pay the remaining GH9, 000.00 while allegedly flaunting a supposed forge document as full payment for the vehicle.
These and other claims lead to outrage resulting in whistleblowers speaking out through the media. They believe this will get stakeholders to investigate and pursue the alleged fraudster to prevent future consequences of his acts.
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