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14.04.2009 Politics

How Central Region reacted to DCEs` appointments

By David Alan Painstil - Ghanaian Chronicle
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Swedru chiefs to demonstrate against nomination of MCE The Agona Swedru Traditional Council is gunning up to stage a peaceful demonstration today, against the nomination of Mrs. Susana Keelson, as the Agona West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE).

Speaking to Central File, the Chief of Agona Swedru and Adontenhen of the Agona Traditional Area, Nana Asiedu Botwe, said the chiefs were not happy with the nomination of Mrs. Keelson, who is not from Swedru, but hailed from Larteh in the Eastern Region.

According to Nana Botwe, the woman, who is said to be Democratic People's Party (DPP) parliamentary candidate for the 2008 general elections, did not introduce herself to the Traditional Council before embarking on campaign in the 2008 elections.

He said Prof. John Evans Atta Mills, then the opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) leader, introduced himself to the chiefs during the campaign period, while Nana Akufo Addo, then the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) presidential candidate, as well as other presidential and parliamentary candidates, introduced themselves to the Council.

“We do not know Mrs. Keelson. She is not from the area, therefore we would not accept her as MCE for Agona West,” he added, explaining that since 1960, when the country became a republic, no indigene of Swedru had become a District Chief Executive (DCE) or MCE before.

The Chief then said, this time around, they were poised to get an indigene to be the MCE.

Nana Botwe therefore appealed to President Mills, to withdraw the nomination of Mrs. Keelson, and appoint somebody from the area to the position.

Meanwhile, sources close to the NDC regional executive, indicate that the committee set up by the party to vet prospective candidates for Agona West, failed to heed to advise from the regional executives, to choose either Kweku Forson, a staunch party member from the area, or Mr. E. K. Tetteh, a lecturer at the University of Education, Winneba (UEW), also a native of Agona Swedru, as well as Nana Ogyabea Badu Ehuren, who is a government appointee to the Agona West District Assembly.

Winneba NDC demonstrates against nomination of MCE

The Effutu National Democratic Congress (NDC) members in the Central Region have also indicated their distaste for the nomination of Mr. Alexander Fiifi Ghartey, as Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for the fast-growing municipality.

Sources close to the NDC regional office also indicated that the vetting committee, once again, ignored the advice of the regional executives, and picked Ghartey over Rev. Bonney and other two party faithful, who worked for the victory of the NDC.

According to the source, Ghartey went abroad after the party had lost power to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in 2000, and only returned in 2008, and also failed to join the frontline of the NDC campaign to wrestle political power from the then ruling NPP.

The source indicated that Ghartey was not the right person assume office, as MCE for the Effutu Municipality.

Twifo Praso DCE deserves it
Contrary to a demonstration staged by some aggrieved National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters in the Twifo Praso against the District Chief Executive (DCE) nominee, Foster Andoh, a source close to the regional NDC executive, has stated that Foster deserves to be elected DCE for Twifo Praso.

This was because Foster was the NDC parliamentary candidate for the Hemang Lower Denkyira Constituency in the district.

Although he lost, the source said, the Marketing Officer of PACO Company Limited lost his job during the campaign.

If approved, he would become the first person from Hemang, in the district, to ascend the DCE position.

Otumfuo Ansah Sasraku, the Omanhen of Hemang Traditional Area, has to rally behind Foster to get approval from the Assembly, following threats by some NDC members in Twifo Praso to block his approval.

The source said the people of Twifo Praso were fortunate to have a Member of Parliament (MP), Mrs. Elizabeth Amoah-Tetteh, appointed Deputy Minister by President Mills, therefore they did have any tangible reason to protest against the nomination of Foster.

Cape Coast hails Aikins' nomination
For once, Cape Coasters have hailed the nomination of Nana Egyir Aikins, an accountant with the Ministry of Health in Cape Coast, as the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Cape Coast.

Immediately his name was mentioned on radio, as the nominee for Cape Coast, supporters from both the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Cape Coast, hailed his anticipated appointment, as they described him as one who could unify the people.

They said although Aikins tried in 1999 but failed, he had been patient and supported the cause of the NDC till the victory, and found no cause for alarm.

They also had the belief that he would use his expertise to improve on the development of Cape Coast, the ancient capital.

Having worked as a football administrator for Cape Coast Venomous Vipers FC, Aikins is expected to use his experience in football administration, to revive the ailing soccer teams in Cape Coast.

Upper Denkyira West and East NDC supporters accept nominations

The nomination of Peter Kofi Ashia and Rev. Ackah M. Yankey as Upper Denkyira West Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and Upper Denkyira East District Chief Executive (DCE) respectively, have been accepted in good faith by party supporters and some residents of the areas.

The two nominees represented their various constituencies, but lost in the 2008 parliamentary election. They also played a major role in the 2008 National Democratic Congress (NDC) campaign, when then Prof. Atta Mills, then NDC flagbearer, traversed the hills and valleys of Upper Denkyira.

It is expected that of the two, when approved, Kofi Ashia, an educationist, would see to the construction of a teacher training college for Dunkwa Offin, as promised by President Mills during his campaign tour.

Ackah Yankey, on the other hand, would have to deal with bad roads and construct a befitting police post for Diaso, his district capital.

Assin North and South content with nominations
The National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters in the Assin North and South districts seem content with the nomination of their respective parliamentary candidates, Antwi Boassiako and Sabina Appiah-Kubi, as the chief executives for Assin North Municipality and Assin South District.

They both could not unseat Kennedy Ohene Agyapong, Member of Parliament (MP) for Assin North, and Prof. Dominic Kwaku Fobih, Assin South MP.

Boassiako is expected to fight for Assin Foso and its surrounding areas to get pipe-borne water, as well as aid the construction of the Assin Foso to Twifo Praso and Assin Foso to Akim Oda roads.

Mrs. Appiah-Kubi is expected to revive the Assin Manso Slave Museum, and facilitate access to a fair share of revenue generated from the museum to chiefs.

Asikuma Odoben Brakwa (AOB)
Mrs. Elizabeth Aboah Nkrumah, who nearly unseated the anti-corruption kingpin and Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Paul Collins Appiah-Ofori, has been hailed by National Democratic Congress (NDC) supporters and some chiefs in the area, for being the first woman DCE for the area.

She is expected to liaise with President Mills and the Ministry of Health, to bring to fruition the establishment of a Nursing Training College, as promised by President Mills during his 2008 presidential campaign. She has to work hard to match the achievements of Emmanuel Adjei-Domson, the former DCE for the area.

Gomoa East and West
The Gomoa East, Theophilus Kofi Ampah and Gomoa West, Theophilus Aidoo-Mensah, nominees were also hailed by supporters of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), with the Gomoa West man receiving commendation for his unflinching support to the party during hard times.

The pair are expected to work hard to improve the road networks in the Gomoa area, which are in bad shape, and improve upon the falling standard of education.

Awutu Senya and Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese Districts
The nominee for Awutu Senya is Mr. Adams Nuhu. He is the one who contested the current Member of Parliament (MP), Nana Larbi, in the primary, and rallied behind him to snatch the seat from Oppei Abbey, former New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP for the Awutu Senya Constituency.

On the other hand, Aba Edusah for the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District has been accepted by some party faithful and residents, for her enormous contribution to the party when it was in opposition.

She has tall list of roads to construct, and make sure that the Aburaman Secondary, Asuansi Technical and Aggrey Memorial Zion Secondary schools, all live up to the expectation of granting access to quality education for residents in the district, and Ghanaians as a whole.

Three more districts to be announced The Central File has learnt that three more districts, namely Mfansteman Municipal, KEEA Municipal and Ajumako Enyan Essiam, are yet to know their respective District Chief Executives.

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