14.01.2011 General News

Mills 'runs amok', sacks more appointees

By Stephen Odoi-Larbi - Ghanaian Chronicle
Hon. Victor Amponsah,  MCE Offinso SouthHon. Victor Amponsah, MCE Offinso South
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President John Evans Atta Mills yesterday turned his whip on the Municipal and District Chief Executives (M/DCEs), sacking thirteen of them from his government.

The casualties are from the Ashanti, Central, Brong Ahafo and Eastern regions. No reasons were given for their dismissal.

A statement from the presidency, signed by the Secretary to the President, J. K. Beebako-Mensah, gave the names of the affected DCEs as Mr. Kwadwo Addae, Sekyere East, Mr. Victor Amponsah, Offinso South, Mr. Jacob Kofi Dankwah, Sekyere Afram Plains  and Mr. Mohammed Boakye Agyemang, Ejisu-Juabeng , all in the Ashanti Region. Mr. Felix Obeng-Forson, Agona West and Mr. John Oremus Arko, Agona East, in Central Region.

The Brong Ahafo Region had two casualties in the persons of Mr. Fleance Danso, Asunafo South DCE and Mr. Dominic Yaw Owusu-Ansah, Tano North DCE.

Others are Mr. Napoleon Amoako Asiamah, Birim North, Mr. G. Osei Bonsu Twum, Akuapem South, Mr. Seth Otchere, West Akim, Mr. Charles Evans Apraku, Kwahu North  and Mr. George Agyemang Dua, Kwaebibirem .

According to Mr. Bebaako-Mensah, until new Metropolitan/Municipal/District Chief Executives are appointed, the respective Regional Ministers are to oversee the administration of the affected areas.              So far, a total of nineteen government appointees have been shown the exit with three of them being Ministers.

The exit of Aba Edusha, DCE for Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese completed the number of the government officials that were sacked in 2010, when she was asked to go home on December 30, 2010.

Lord Sulley Abudu Zakariah, however, was the first DCE to be fired by President Mills in 2011.

The first Ministerial reshuffle in 2011, saw the Minister of Tourism, Zita Okaikoi and Minister of Education, Alex Tettey Enyo going home.

The Ashanti Regional Minister, Mr. Opoku Manu and the Director-General of the Ghana Immigration Service (GIS), Ms. Elizabeth Adjei, were on Wednesday, January 12, 2011, also relieved of the post.