The New Trust Newspaper, has gathered that all is not well the governing New Patriotic Party(NPP) in the Ashanti region over non-payment of its regional headquarters apartment rent.
Even though,both Ashanti Regional chairman , Bernard Antwi Boasiako who is popularly known in the political space as Chairman Wontumi and Hon.sam Pyne, who until his appointment as Kumasi Mayor was the regional secretary of the party alleged the news about non-payment of rent was a vile propaganda by some people within the party for their political and selfish gains.
The two(Wontumi and Sam Pyn) however, contradicts themselves over payment of the party’s office rent.
This paper learnt that in an attempt to clear the rent payment saga,Hon Sam Pyne contradicted the claims of Mr Bernard Antwi Boasiako aka Chairman Wontumi assertion that he has made 10 years advance payment .Chairman Wontumi insisted that the Ladylady and her family have even agreed to use the cost of renovation he did after the apartment was given to the party(NPP) about 8 years ago to extend the Ten(10) years advance payment.
Whiles Sam Pyne in his interview with CITI TV insisted that he personally handed over a cheque of Fivty thousand Ghana cedis (50,000) through Lawyer Adom Appiah,the current regional secretary to the family.And just last month (October) they(NPP) paid additional Thirty thousand Ghana cedis (Ghc 30,000) making Ghc 80,000 for the extension of the rent agreement.
Interestingly ,Chairman Wontumi on the other hand told Kessben Fm Ali Baba during Break news session that,he had made Ten(10) years rent advance payment per the agreement signed.
Chairman Wontumi explained that he first made five(5) months advance payment and promised to pay the additional amount after the family vacate the premises which he did.According to him,he hired the entire building include the downblow and boys quarters but the landlady and some family members are still leaving there update.
Chairman Wontumi said about 8 years now he has been paying both water and light bills for the apartment including the bills of about 20 family members of the landlady still staying there.That for 8 years now the landlady and the family members still leaving in the boys quarters and the downblow as he described it have not paid anything to him.Aside that,he has seen to the painting of the apartment for three(3) times .
Per the assertion of Chairman Wontumi ,they don’t owed the landlady who through one Daniel Owusu rented the apartment to them.For the embattled Regional chairman,the story which has gone viral on the various social media platfors that the landlady has closed down the party’s office over non-payment of rent was a conspiracy,dafaming and traspasse by Odeneho Kwaku Appiah’s supporters, especially Keskine Owusu poku to create bad name for him because of the forthcoming Regional executive elections.
But to many Ghanaians especially the rank file of NPP who are monitoring the story ,some facts or truth is missing from the assertions of both Chairman Wontumi and Sam Pyne .A number of NPP activists who have spoken to this paper on the issues said they were confused about the whole issue.According to them, whiles Wontumi says he had already made 10 years advance payment which is yet to lapse and that the landlady and her family have even agreed to use the cost of renovation which was done by Agyasei,a leading member of NPP to extend the 10 years advance payment Sam Pyne on another breath is saying just few weeks ago,they have issued two cheques to clear the said outstanding rent.”Chairman Wontumi and Sam Pyne who is telling the truth about the rent payment?
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Ahead of NPP National Delegates conference in Ksi: Landlady closes Ashanti Regional NPP office over unpaid rent
A meeting of Tertiary Students Confederacy (TESCON) held at Ashanti Regional New Patriotic Party (NPP) headquarters was disrupted by a landlady after she stormed the party office to demand for 3 years of unpaid rent arrears.
The Landlady and her children were at the NPP Ashanti Regional Secretariat with the aim of closing down the party office following Three (3) years of unpaid rent.
The son of the landlady Emmanuel Quanty speaking in an interview with Pure Fm’s Osei Kwadawo explained that “The party has operated in this building for over 5 years but the agreement was 2 years but after their rent expired there was the need for another negotiation between us and the party leadership”
According to him, “After the 2 years agreement expired, the party leadership declined several invitations to meet us for a new agreement. With the old agreement, every month was Ghc1000”
“Now we are waiting for Chairman Wontumi the Ashanti Regional Chairman of the party but if he fails to show up, we will close down the building till the leadership of the party come for another agreement” he explained.
He added “It is very pathetic that they have failed to do maintenance on the building and it is gradually becoming a death trap which is very dangerous”
The TESCON members who became stranded after they were sacked from the party headquarters by the landlady and her children went to have the meeting at Kumasi X5.
A source from the NPP leadership in Ashanti Region has revealed that there will be an emergency meeting between the leadership and the Landlady to address the issue.