Regional Ministers Can’t Act As DCEs

President John Mahama

President John Mahama

Mr Kwadwo Adjei-Darko, the former local government minister in the erstwhile Kufuor administration, said the practice contradicts Articles 242 and 243 of the 1992 Constitution, which clearly define the District Assembly system, composition and its functions.

Speaking on Sunyani-based radio station, Space FM on Friday morning, Mr. Adjei-Darko categorically stated that regional ministers, under the current constitution, cannot act as MMDCEs and asked President Mahama to stop violating the constitution.

The local government expert advised the President to take immediate steps to appoint new MMDCEs to manage the affairs of newly-created districts instead of directing regional ministers to take up that responsibility.

He also indicated that sitting MMDCEs, who have not been renominated, cannot continue to stay in office.

Per the constitution, whatever decision, contract and procurement they endorse is illegal since their term has expired, according to him.

Touching on the rejection of some nominated DCEs, the former Sunyani West MP said ‘the rejection galore is a sign that due diligence has not been done in the appointment of the DCEs.’

He said handlers of the President are not providing him with proper information about the right caliber of people to occupy the posts.

The former minister advised chiefs in the region who are seriously lobbying for sitting MDCEs to desist from the practice, as it is not helping the region to get competent persons to steer the affairs of the districts.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

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