The satchet water producer, Michael Donkor said the incident happened during a raid on his factory
“Ghana Water Company came and disconnected us for an accumulated bill of 1,500 cedis. When I came back, the information I had was that the officials from the Tanda District of GWCL said they are reconnecting their clients and fixing pre-paid meters on the lines so that nobody owes them. They kept on demanding that we pay 80 cedis flat rate every month to collect,” the owner of the company, Michael Donkor told Accra-based Citi FM.
He said the officials took away some of his water processing machines.
“Some people came and identified themselves as officers from GWCL and said they were disconnecting us because there was information that we had been connected illegally. They entered the factory and vandalised all pipe connections there and took away two water processing machines and one pumping machine. Later, when I entered my room, I saw that they had taken my money of 364, 000 cedis and 84, 000 dollars,” he added.
Michael Donkor said he has since reported the matter to the police.
Meanwhile, the Ghana Water Company has denied the claims, saying the raid had been done with the help of the police.
“We went there with the police. Because there was nobody there to arrest and because we could not get the man himself, we took away two sachet water producing machines and some polytanks also in the house, we took them to our office. If he tells the world or Ghanaians that GWCL staff have gone to his residence to steal money, it’s unthinkable because we went there with the police. There’s no way you can go to a place to do an exercise with the police and they’ll allow you to steal or the police themselves would steal. That’s not possible,” Communications Manager of the GWCL, Nana Yaw Barimah Barnie said.