The New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Central Region has dispelled claims that its Chairman, Robert Kutin Junior has allegedly stashed some funds of the School Feeding Programme.

Confusion rocked the region over delayed payment to caterers which was alleged to have been credited to the Chairman’s mobile money account.

A member of the Central Regional Security Council and NADMO Director, Joe Donkor had claimed that one caterer, Khadidja Anderson had told them about the presence of the money in the Chairman’s account at a meeting held at the Regional Secretariat.

However, a statement signed by the NPP’s Regional Secretary, Richard Takyi-Mensah fought off the claims, describing it as an attempt to mar Mr Kutin’s reputation.

“The Regional Party states on authority that Chairman Robert Kutin Jnr does not own any Mobile Money Merchant line and does not have a pesewa of any school feeding caterers’ money paid to him in any way,” parts of the statement read.

The statement, among other things, also described the NaDMO officer’s open accusation as unfortunate, distasteful, and a digression from his core mandate as a disaster management officer.

“In fact, we are shocked to the bone as to why Mr Joe Donkor will engage in such a malicious behaviour to tarnish the image of Mr Robert Kutin Jnr and for that matter put the name of the Central Regional party into disrepute.

“The Regional Party condemns this despicable behaviour of Mr Joe Donkor and calls on him to immediately retract all his unsavory comments and unconditionally apologize to Chairman Kutin Jnr and the Regional Party,” the statement added. 

Describing the accusation as surprising, the NPP regional party noted that its Chairmn has never, in any way, been associated with the School Feeding Programme.

“Miss Khadijah Anderson knows too well that Chairman Kutin Jnr has never been associated with School Feeding, neither as a supervisor, nor a caterer and therefore we find it extremely weird for her to link Chairman Kutin Jnr to anything related to school feeding.”

On the back of what they describe as inconsistencies in Madam Khadijah’s comments on the matter, they are with immediate effect demanding an apology and retraction.

They have also cautioned one Mr Kwesi Adu, a self-styled Secretary at the Regional School Feeding Secretariat to desist from the ‘reprehensible behaviour’, retract and also apologise to Mr Kutin for all lies made against him.