100 Days in Office
By Tasie Theodore
Fresh from the commemoration of his 100 days in office, mixed reactions have trailed Ghana’s President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s release of a list of 212 persons to fill the vacant positions of Chief Executives in the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies (MMDCEs) across the country.
The list which was announced by the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama in Accra has however attracted mixed reactions.
Speaking on behalf of the President, the Minister however called for calm among party members and support for the nominees.
The President had earlier appointed the Chief Executives for four Metropolitan Assemblies in the country namely: the Accra Metropolitan Assembly, Tamale Metropolitan Assembly, Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly, and Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.
There have also been agitations in parts of the country over the appointment of the MMDCEs.
Angry supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Bawku West Constituency of the Upper East Region last Tuesday vandalized their party office and some departmental offices in the Zebilla district, over the alleged appointment of one Victoria Ayamba as the District Chief Executive for the area.
The group said Patrick Ayamba, Assembly Member for Teshie, a suburb of Zebilla, and a businessman, is their best bet for the job and will resist any other appointment by President Akufo-Addo.
At Elubu in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, some youth of the area were on the heels of the MP claiming he had deceived them after promising to ensure that their preferred candidate gets nominated.
But the MP, Paul Essien denied making such a promise.
“These things are just coming from just a few guys who are trying to throw something in the air and if there is evidence of a letter I have written against honourable Moses, they should produce it. I am not sure these things are real things. It is like people are just guessing,” he said.