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14.12.2004 Regional News

Akwasi Agyemang Gunning For KMA Post

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Akwasi Agyemang Gunning For KMA Post
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A Former Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for Kumasi in the NDC administration, Nana Akwasi Agyemang, and nine others are alleged to have begun serious lobbying for the position of MCE for Kumasi, following the imminent departure of Mr Maxwell Kofi Jumah to Parliament.

Mr Jumah, the current MCE, won the parliamentary seat of the Asokwa Constituency in Kumasi in last week's elections and will leave his current position next year to serve as an MP.

Highly placed sources told the Graphic that Nana Agyemang and the others in the race for the position of MCE were seriously lobbying through the Manhyia Palace and the Castle, Osu, for the job.

Other names that came up were Alhaji Kwasi Yeboah, the District Chief Executive for Kwabre, Mr Osei Assibey Antwi, the Ashanti Regional Vice- Chairman of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), and one Mr Boakye, said to be a government appointee serving on the finance and administration committee of the KMA.

Mr Antwi is said to have the backing of NPP chairmen in all the old constituencies, including Asokwa, Nhyiaeso, Bantama and Subin.The sources said the race for the position of KMA chief had been very keen, as all the possible candidates were doing everything possible to get the nod.

The sources also stated that from the look of things, a lot more people might join the race, even before the current chief executive left office. They pointed out that apart from the position of the chief executive, there was also a rush for the position of presiding member of the assembly.

This, the sources noted, was due to the fact that the tenure of office of the current presiding member would be ending soon, even though he could seek re-election.

The sources also hinted that Mr Kofi Senya, the Assembly Member for Old Suame, a senior lecturer at the Faculty of Art of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology (KNUST),Mrs Vesta Adu Gyamfi,as well as the current presiding member, Dr Edward Prempeh,who the sources said would be seeking re-eletion,were aspiring to the position of presiding member of the assembly

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