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N/R: “I was taking the items to my sister’s funeral”-Supervisor of Tamale Children’s Home tells youth

The Supervisor of the Tamale Children’s Home in the Northern region, Madam Mawulorm  Afelete has been caught with stolen items belonging to the facility.

She was apprehended at about 06:00am Thursday August 27, at the VVIP bus terminal in the Tamale business district by some youth of Nyohini, a suburb of Tamale while she attempted loading the items into a bus.

Information available to ZAMI Reports indicates Madam Mawulorm Afelete has been monitored for a period by the youth in the area after they had occasionally witnessed her load trucks of items out of the facility to unknown destinations.

Assemblyman of the Nyohini Electoral Area, Hamza Yakubu told ZAMI Reports he had received several complaints of acts of theft by the supervisor from some youth but could not act on the information because he had no proof.

“I told the youth to monitor her activities and call me anytime they found anything. I was called at about 6am today that she was loading some items into a tricycle”.

“But the tricycle departed the premises of the facility before I arrived there. The youth however followed the tricycle to the VVIP bus terminal and stopped her from offloading them into the bus and when she was asked where she was taking the items to, she said she was taking them to her sister’s funeral”, Hamza Yakubu added.

The Supervisor was dragged to the palace of the Chief of Nyohini for interrogation. Staff of the Home were invited for questioning but both the Programmes Head, Child Rights, Promotion, and Protection and the Deputy Director of the Northern Regional Social Welfare Department Annunciata M. Z Anglaaere and Mr. Inusah Atchulo revealed they had no knowledge that such items had been picked from the stores of the facility thus did not approve the conveying of the items.

The items, 2 maxi bags of rice, 3 maxi bags of maize, 1 carton of milo, 2 1/2 cartons of creamy milk, 8 cartons of 5 litres frytol cooking oil, 1 box of sachet tomato paste, 3 cartons mackerel, 3 cartons of verna purified water, 2 bowls of sugar, 2 boxes of soap, and 1 box of madar washing soap, 1 goat, 2 sheep, 2 packets of table tissues, 1 box of indomie noodles, 4 packets of toilet rolls, 1 box of cerelac cereal, 1 box of key bar soap, 6 bottles of e-panol, 1 box of grilled meat, 6 cakes of soap, and 4 tins of tomato paste were retrieved and presented to the palace.

Staff of the Social Welfare Department of Ghana in the Greater Accra region who are on a working visit with the Minister of Gender, Children, and Social Protection Madam Cynthia Mamle Morrison and the Parliamentary Select Committee on Gender and Children who witnessed the incident had pleaded with the palace not to report the incident to the police.

However, Madam Mawulorm Afelete after sensing danger reported herself to the office of the Northern Regional Domestic Violence and Victim Support Unit (DOVVSU) of the Ghana Police Service.

The case was referred to the office of the Northern Regional Criminal and Investigation Department where both the Assemblyman Hamza Yakubu and Madam Mawulorm Afelete were questioned and asked to write police statements.

Madam Mawulorm Afelete took over the management of the Tamale Children’s Home in June this year from the former Supervisor, Madam Augustina Quainoo.

Zubaida Afua Mabuno Ismail|www.zamireports.com|Tamale|N/R


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