The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Denkyira-Obuasi, Daniel Appiannin, has been dismissed from his post with immediate effect over his justification of the murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama of the Ghana Armed Forces.
He has been told to hand over to the Deputy Central Regional Minister, Thomas Adjei Baffoe.
A letter to that effect, was signed this afternoon by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, upon the instructions of President Akufo-Addo.
According to Kasapa FM, its unimpeachable sources within the government, say the DCE is under investigations for utterances, following the gruesome murder of Captain Maxwell Mahama.
The DCE, who is the head of the District Security Council (DISEC) and anti-galamsey shortly after the death of Captain Mahama, revealed that his people were enraged at the soldiers preventing them from their galamsey activities, yet protecting Chinese nationals who are in the area carrying out the illegal business.
Daniel Appianing’s shocking revelation and a near justification of the gruesome murder, raised doubts about the earlier story that the folks in the town, mistook Captain Mahama, a nephew of ex-President John Mahama, for an armed robber, because he had a pistol on him, while jogging at Diaso town around 8;30 am, last Monday.
The late Captain was the head of a military detachment in the Upper Denkyira West District. Captain Mahama of the 5 Battalion Infantry, was lynched while he went jogging at dawn. He was stoned and burnt by the youth of the area.
Speaking on Accra-based Adom FM, a day after the incident, Mr. Appianing, said even though the Chinese nationals have the license to prospect for gold in the area, they were rather engaging in illegal mining.
“There is a large number of military personnel protecting the Chinese that the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of it, in fact he is said to be the leader…am shocked they are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers…,” he said.
He further asked persons who doubt his claim to contact the police and BNI commanders in his district for confirmation.
“As I speak, there are reports that the BNI is calling on the military to help stop it because it is creating disaffection between the residents and the military…,” he said.
But The Minister for Defense, Dominic Nitiwul, quickly jumped into the fray, asking the newly appointed DCE to shut up on the matter.
According to him, it is unfortunate for the DCE, to run commentary on the sad issue when he has little or no knowledge about the unfortunate death of the young officer.
“I don’t know who this DCE is but he should not speak on this again because he does not understand the issue.
I beg him he should not speak on this matter again if he doesn’t know details of the issue being discussed. He should keep quiet. I will reach out to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development to talk to him” Defense Minister, Dominic Nitiwul.
“I will urge all government communicators including the DCE to clarity issues with the ministry before going public with issues concerning the army. He’s new on the job if he doesn’t know what is going on, he should not speak”, he said.
Ghana was thrown into a state of despair on Monday, May 29, 2017, when the news of the lynching of a military officer detailed at Denkyira-Obuasi in the Central Region broke.
Captain Mahama was heading a military detachment to the area to fight illegal mining, popularly known as galamsey.
Following the incident, the DCE for the area, Mr. Appiannin, told journalists that he was unaware that the military officer was part of a detachment to the area to assist in the fight against galamsey.
“There is a large number of military personnel protecting the Chinese and the lynched soldier is alleged to be part of it. In fact, he is said to be the leader … I am shocked they are not briefing you very well but rather claiming they are here to fight galamseyers,” he was quoted as saying by myjoyonline.com.
His utterances, however, attracted lots of condemnation from the public, with the family of the deceased calling for his immediate dismissal.
President Akufo-Addo, Kaspafmonline.com understands, is also incensed by the expression of the DCE, hence, the order for his immediate dismissal.