Western North Minister’s replacement to deceased MCE sparks fury in Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai

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There is a brewing tension following a decision by the Western North Region Minister, Richard Ebbah Obeng, to unilaterally appoint his spokesperson to act as the Municipal Chief Executive for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai.

In a letter intercepted by 3news.com, John Koah, who is a Personal Aide to the Minister, is to “act as a care-taker liaison officer between the Assembly and the Regional Minister on all matters that require the attention of the regional minister”.

Regional Ministers over the years act as chief executives of any assembly anytime the substantive political appointee is removed or deceased.

Alfred Amoah, the former MCE for Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai, died in a car accident on Tuesday, July 12 while he was returning from Accra from an official meeting.

In his stead, the regional minister was supposed to have assume his position until a new chief executive is nominated by the President.

However, Mr Ebbah Obeng has delegated his powers because of what he states as “busy schedules” in a letter dated Friday, July 29, 2022, and copied the Municipal Coordinating Director and the Presiding Member.

The development is said t have ignited uproar within the corridors of the Bibiani-Anhwiaso-Bekwai Municipal Assembly.

Some assembly members, who spoke to 3news.com, have threatened to physically prevent the minister’s surrogate John Koah from coming to the Assembly.

“We are waiting for him, we will resist this with our blood,” an assembly member said.

Source: 3news.com|Ghana

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