A group calling itself Concerned Youth of Abura Dunkwa in the Abura-Asebu-Kwamankese (AAK) District of the Central Region has appealed to President John Dramani Mahama to, as a matter of urgency, sack the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Atta Mends.
According to the group, the DCE was appointed to ensure that the people’s welfare and interests were guaranteed and not to chase professionals away from the district.
“President Mahama, try to change this incompetent and confused DCE with immediate effect since he has been creating problems in the area. His intimidatory tactics against ordinary workers within the district, insolence and ‘one man show’ has caused the transfer of 11 professionals within three years at the assembly,” they said.
The group further appealed to the offices of the respected paramount chiefs from the three traditional areas to help in ensuring the sacking of the DCE since he had abandoned developmental projects in the area and resorted to creating division.
They made the appeal at a press conference on Tuesday at Abura Dunkwa on the need for the transfer board of the Ghana Police Service to investigate the circumstances that led to immediate transfer of the District Police Commander (DSP) Bernard Twum Berimah.
The spokesperson for the group, Kingsley Kofi Karikari-Bondzie, stressed the need for the IGP to conduct thorough investigations into the sudden transfer of DSP Twum Berimah who has worked so hard to lower the frequency of crime within the district.
He noted that DSP Twum Berimah had brought professionalism into the Police Service in Abura Asebu Kwamankese and had to be commended by many, including the chiefs of the three traditional areas.
Mr Karikari-Bondzie added that the people and chiefs of Asebu Traditional Area presented a plaque of commendation to the DSP for the role he played in maintaining peace, fighting crime and maintaining discipline on the roads within his area of jurisdiction.
“I remember in 2012 elections, the DSP brought all political parties under one umbrella and in partnership with the NCCE, set up the District Peace Council where any disagreement emanating from election campaigns were resolved,” the group added.
“C.I 76(38) of the Police Service Regulations, 2012 gives the authority to transfer police personnel to the National Transfer Board. The policy on transfer also talked about transferring a police officer who has stayed in a station for more than five years. The questions we are raising with this press release are: Why didn’t the DCE inform the DISEC/District Assembly before going to the Regional Police Commander to Transfer the DSP and how can the Regional Police Commander on his own transfer DSP Twum Berimah without recourse to C.I 76 and does the transfer authority of the Central Regional Command take instructions from Atta Mends?” he asked.