Gov’t tasks security agencies to deal with demonstrators against DCE, MCE nominations

Government has directed the security agencies to ruthlessly deal with persons violently demonstrating and destroying properties in protest against the nomination of some Municipal and District Chief Executives (MCEs and DCEs).

Local Government Minister, Akwasi Oppong Fosu, says government condemns in no uncertain terms the violent approach adopted by some persons to register their displeasure.

The Minister has asked the security agencies to deal ruthlessly with violent demonstrators against the President’s nominations.

Over the weekend, some youth in Salaga in the Northern Region and Kenyasi in the Brong Ahafo Region destroyed properties during their demonstration against the nominations of their DCE’s.

“I disagree with the methods of some of our party members in terms of the violence associated with their protests”, Mr Oppong Fosu told Joy News.

According to him, although the National Democratic Congress (NDC) members have the right to protest, they must not take the law into their hands by causing havoc.

He also dismissed suggestions that many of the President’s DCEs and MCEs are being rejected.

According to him, facts on the ground rather show that there have been minimal rejections relative to previous nominations.

According to him, the Greater Accra Region and Western Region nominations received massive support, admitting that only 2 nominations were rejected in the Western Region.

“Like in the installation of chiefs…many interests come to play so we cannot have a situation where the entire interest groups within the party will all agree on one person or candidate”, he explained.

He said the impression that there are massive rejections of all DCE and MCE nominations is false.

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