Agitations over MMDCE nominations not new – OB Amoah

Deputy Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Mr Osei Bonsu Amoah has noted that agitations over the nomination of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in Ghana are not new to Ghana’s democracy.

He explained that it is within the democratic rights of Ghanaians to expresses their disappointment over the nomination of particular persons as MMDCEs however, the disappointments should not lead to violence.

 “This is not the first time this is happening, every time that appointments are made people are unhappy particularly for MMDCEs.

“Anytime there are these appointments sometimes, all over the country some people express their disappointments which is their democratic rights but it should not get to the sense of being violent or breaking the law.

“If you do that then it has gone beyond the democracy that we are practicing in which case you can be arrested and prosecuted,” the lawmaker for Akuapem South said on the Key Points on TV3/3FM Saturday September 25 with host Dzifa Bampoh.

Following the release of the list of the MMDCEs by Local Government Minister Dan Botwe on Sunday September 19, some youth engaged in disturbances in parts of the country including Odododiodoo and Chereponi.

In the case of Odododiodoo, four of the ringleaders were subsequently arrested by the police, for creating “a sense of fear and disorder”.

The police said their preliminary investigations suggest that the youth, believed to be members of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), were protesting in anticipation of the list of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) to be released on Sunday, September 19.

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Twelve others in Chereponi were also arrested for their alleged role in the disturbances in the area on Sunday September 19 following the nomination of Zuwweiratu Mada Nashuru as the District Chief Executive.

They are Kwabena Manteng,43,Iddrisu Abdul-Rahaman ,42,Sumaila Ibrahim ,16,Kasim Abdul-Aziz ,28,Kasim Latif ,65,Ibrahim Awuffor ,23, Osman Yussif ,36,Mohammed Abdul-Latif ,29,Fuseini Bawah ,30,Kwame Mahamud ,31 ,Bashiru Ayabli ,29 and Arimiyaw ,22.

By Laud Nartey||Ghana