By Alfred K. Dogbey
Reports reaching The Herald from the Ketu South Constituency in the Volta Region, indicate that the entire municipality was thrown into wild jubilation, when the news of the removal of the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Bernard F. Amable hits the towns and villages.
Mr. Amable’s four years administration came under serious spotlight, amidst wild allegations about how certain contracts have been mysteriously and singlehandedly awarded to contractors and his show of disrespect to the elderly, coupled with bad relationship with his own supporters.
The criticisms predominantly came from leading party activists, chiefs and leading youth activists in the municipality who were uncomfortable with the MCE’s weird behaviour.
They had also persistently complained about Mr. Amable’s failure to open up to party members, because he is the President’s representative for the area, a situation which was a great disincentive to the chiefs, foot soldiers and leading members alike.
It, therefore, came as no surprise to many when the news hit the towns that the MCE had been sacked and has been ordered to “hand over” the assembly to the Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo “with immediate effect”.
A total number of 33 Metropolis, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), have been asked by government to vacate their position across the country.
In Volta Region alone, six people have been fired. They are: Nana Kumesy Bonsy – Jasikan; Seth Frank Alifui – Kadjebi; Alhaji Buboy Dzinadu – Central Tongu; Daniel K. Amelorku – South Tongu, Bernard F. Amable – Ketu Municipal and Isaac Kodobisah – Ho Municipal
A statement signed by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Akwasi Oppong Ofosu said, the affected MMDCEs are those who have not been re-nominated.
According to some leading party executives and activists who spoke to The Herald, Mr. Amable’s removal was “long overdue”. They said, the President’s decision not to retain their MCE is in the right direction, because his administration did not in any way help the fortunes of the area as the ‘World Bank’ of the ruling party.
They argued that the position of MCE requires someone who has grass root knowledge of the party, and might be willing to collaborate with the various hierarchies, in pushing both the interests of the area and the government.