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16.04.2010 Politics

The blackmail of DCE's must stop - Obimpeh

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Kumasi, April 16, GNA - The Ashanti Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress, Mr Yaw Owusu Obimpeh, has expressed outrage about reports that some District Chief Executives (DCE's) in the region were being blackmailed by unscrupulous party activists.

He said these people were said to be going round carrying with them a purported list of DCEs they claimed had been marked for removal from office and demand from them huge sums of money under the pretext of using their influence with some "big men" to help them keep their jobs.

"What is disgusting is that some of them are alleged to be associating my name with the disgraceful and criminal conduct", Mr Obimpeh looking visibly irritated, told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in Kumasi on Thursday.

He called on all government officials, who had been duped through such dubious means to help to unmask the offenders by reporting them to the police.

Mr Obimpeh said he was not aware of any decision by government to sack any DCE in the region for non-performance.

"They have been in office for just about a year and if any of them is not delivering as expected, our duty is to help them to lift their performance," he said.

The NDC Regional Chairman also cautioned those nursing an ambition for political appointment to be wary of the influence of such peddlers.

He said they should neither be swayed by their "sweet promises" nor give in to their monetary demands


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