Bus branding saga Prosecute Selassie Ibrahim - Leila Djansi

Leila Djansi said the "incompetence" of the NDC government has caused hardship in Ghana.

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Award winning movie director Leila Djansi  says she wondered why actress and Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Smarttys Management and Production, Selassie Ibrahim who was at the centre of the controversial rebranding of 116 metro mass transit buses at a whopping GHC 3.6 million, is not being prosecuted.

It has emerged that a pro-forma invoice dated 17th July 2015, and signed by the Accounts Officer of Smarttys Management and Productions and copied to the Ministry of Transport, put the total cost of branding for each bus at Ghc30,420.00.

Background

The Ministry of Transport has been the centre of controversy in parliament as debated the 2016 budget.

The minority leader drew the speaker's attention  to an item in the accounts of expenditures made from the petroleum revenues fund  by the Ministry of Transport in 2015 which had to do with the amounts spent on branding 116 Metro Mass Transit buses.

 

Referring to the 2015 Annual Report on the Petroleum Revenues Fund, the Ministry spent GHC31,000 on branding the images of eight former presidents on each Metro Mass Transit bus.

Transport Minister resigns

Dzifa Attivor resigned following  her Ministry’s decision to spend GHC 3.6 million on the buses.

She tendered in her resignation to the president.

Following public backlash over the matter, the Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah ordered the Attorney General to thoroughly investigate the contract and recover GH¢1.9 million from Smarttys.

Calls for prosecution

According to Leila Djansi, who is frustrated by the numerous scandals involving government officials, she has regretted campaigning for the National Democratic Congress (NDC) President John Mahama in the 2012 general elections.

Read more: Leila Djansi regrets campaigning for Mahama

The multiple award-winning filmmaker said the "incompetence" of the NDC government has caused hardship in Ghana.

In a Facebook post, she said "I so regret campaigning for NDC although I have no vote in Ghana. I lost friends, someone threatened to burn down my office in Ghana because I was NDC."

Read below her Facebook post:

"Good morning from John Mahama's Ghana!! Multiple days without water. Last week we had to call the company head to have taps opened.

See also: How Smartyys charged GHC 14,000 for spraying a bus

I so regret campaigning for NDC although I have no vote in Ghana. I lost friends, someone threatened to burn down my office in Ghana cos I was NDC.

Selassie Ibrahim, CEO of Smarttys Management and Production play

Selassie Ibrahim, CEO of Smarttys Management and Production

 

After all the sacrifices made to campaign and have faith in this party, Ghana has been faced with so much incompetence from this team! Even not living in Ghana, you feel the hardship. But they have money to give to a less qualified individual to brand buses.

Buses we brand at no less than 5000ghc per bus were branded for 30,000. That money could have been used to improve the water-flow system in the country. Beds for hospitals... This is the Ghana you get when selfish people thrive.

When they give only to their family members. Clothe themselves in material things so they can [be] worshiped.

So shameful! And everyone has forgotten that the young woman in question hasn't returned the money and hasn't even been prosecuted."

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