THE HOPES of potential aspirants to become the mayor of Kumasi were dashed when the President last Thursday nominated Mr. Kojo Bonsu, a native of Offinso in the Ashanti Region to head the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
A statement signed by the Minister for Local Government and Rural Development, Mr. Akwasi Opong-Fosu said the nomination of Mr. Kojo Bonsu, a former Managing Director of Ghana Oil Company (GOIL), is in fulfillment of section 243 (1) of the 1992 constitution and section 20 (1) of the Local Government Act 1993, ACT 462.
Kojo Bonsu, who served as acting MD of GOIL for six months (August 2011- February 2012) before he was asked to step down, also served as chairman of the National Sports Council previously.
Mr. Bonsu, who is also the Publisher and CEO of AGOO MAGAZINE , however, is still a member of the GOIL board.
Two thirds of the 136-member House would have to confirm the appointment of the nominee.
If endorsed, Kojo Bonsu, a sports administrator and an astute businessman with various business interests, would in a matter of 21 days from his appointment, become the 24 th mayor of Kumasi since 1954.
Hard hit by the appointment of Mr. Bonsu, are Hon. Raymond Tendon, Nana Butler, Peter Anarfi Mensah, Mr. Alex Kwame Boateng and Hon. Edward Kusi Ayarkwah, the District Chief Executive for Sekyere South in Ashanti.
Each of the potential claimants had vied for the position on merit and had put in maximum efforts to get the presidential nod, but could not catch the attention of the President who eventually gave the nod to an ‘outsider’, to the annoyance of assembly members and members of the party and supporters.
Hon. Raymond Tandoh is the Deputy Ashanti Regional Secretary of the NDC and government appointee to the KMA and also a former Assembly member for the Kaase Electoral Area. Mr. Tandoh is a Chartered Accountant by profession and currently plays the role of Chairman of the Finance Committee at the KMA.
Nana Butler, a former Assemblyman for Kaase and the NDC Parliamentary candidate for Asokwa in 2004 general elections, is a member of NDC’s Regional Communication team.
Mr. Peter Anarfi Mensah, 57, and a native of Tepa in the Ahafo Ano North district of Ashanti and currently the headmaster of Tepa Senior High School, was the PNDC District Secretary for the Ahafo Ano South district from 1988 to 1992, and also briefly served as the District Chief Executive of the Ahafo Ano North district from 2000 to 2001.
Mr. Boateng is the Metro Engineer of KMA and a successful and experienced technocrat, while Mr. Ayarkwah is an educationist and three times (2004, 2008 and 2012) Parliamentary candidate of the National Democratic Congress (NDC). He is a member of the Institute of Strategic Development Studies and former Manager of the Kentucky Fried Chicken of Hanau in Germany from 1978 to 1990. Mr. Ayarkwah, 66, is a native of Afamanaso in the Sekyere South district.