Dismissed Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi, Kobina Annan Prah, has appealed to President Atta Mills to stop an intended financial audit into his administration, fearing it would dent his reputation.
He told Joy News that though he was clean, people would misconstrue the action and perceive him to be a corrupt official.
“The mention of a forensic audit sends a wrong signal to the public, it gives indication that, may be they suspect that, the chief executive has done something wrong or stolen something. So I will appeal to the President to reconsider the statement that a forensic audit would have to be conducted.”
Mr. Annan Prah was among six district and metropolitan chief executives President Mills sacked last week.
Mr Prah intimated that, on the flip side, conducting financial audit into his tenure would also send an indication that he is being “victimized” by the President, explaining that the President has not directed any audit into the administration of the other dismissed chief executives.
Meanwhile, the former MCE for Sekondi-Takoradi has apologised to President Atta Mills over what he described as his misplaced comments.
“In fact the news that came was so shocking, it could have killed me. I was so emotional that I made certain statements which I shouldn’t have made…
“But I want to use your medium Joy FM to, once again, apologize to the President and the top echelon of the party and all other persons who in one way or the other have been affected by the statements that I made,” he told Joy News.
Mr Prah, in the wake of his dismissal, criticized President Mills for using him as a scapegoat and suspected that the President was “manipulated” to take that decision.
Mr. Annan Prah however said he is now sorry for his comments and criticisms.
He said he is still a member of the ruling National Democratic Congress and hoped he will be re-elected to contest the 2012 parliamentary election on the ticket of the NDC for Takoradi constituency.
Meanwhile, President has nominated Capt. Anthony R. Cudjoe (Rtd) as the Metropolitan Chief Executive for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.
He replaces Mr. Kobina Pra Annan, the former Metropolitan Chief Executive .
President Mills nominated Capt. Anthony R. Cudjoe (Rtd) by virtue of Section 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana and Section 20 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993.
A statement signed by Deputy Local Government Minister Elvis Afriyie Ankrah has also directed the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development to order a forensic audit into the financial administration of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly between January 2009 and February 2011.
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