The Minority Leader and Member of Parliament(MP) for Tamale South, Hon. Haruna Iddrisu has stated that the charges against Former Works and Housing Minister Collins Dauda and others over Saglemi Housing Units is a deliberate picture of political persecution and harassment on August 5 after the defendants have been granted bail to reappear on October 13, 2021 when they pleaded not guilty.
Hon. Haruna Iddrisu said this after he witnessed the first court appearance of the defendants, Collins Dauda.The Minority leader is also of the view that this court case will not amount to anything and that his colleagues will come out victorious.
Collins Dauda who was the Minister of Works and Housing in the erstwhile administration and others have been slapped with 52 charges of dishonestly causing loss to public property, financial appropriation, misapplying public property over supposed $200million Saglemi Housing Units.
“It is instructive that they are being charged when the courts are themselves on vacation. What is the hurry and what is the desperation in this?” he asks.
“[They claim] that he has wilfully caused financial loss to the state…whose value? The Attorney General says it is $64 million. I believe that these are frivolous, trumped-up charges intended to politically persecute and politically harass. We remain undoubted. I do not think that these charges can stand the test of law. I am very convinced about this,” he added.
Criminal Court Four (High Court Division) in Accra on August 5,2021 presided by Mrs. Comfort Tasiame granted self-recognizance bail to Collins Dauda, but his passport was ordered to be given to the court registry.
Other 4 people who were granted bail were Agyeman-Mensah also a former Minister of Works and Housing and Alhaji Ziblim Yakubu, a former Chief Director of the Ministry, Andrew Clocanas, Executive Director of Contructora OAS Ghana Limited, and Nouvi Tetteh Angelo with various requirements for sureties and qualifications.