Chiefs Reject DCE

Regent of Tongor-Tsanaakpe, Torgbui Dompreh Aboagye reading while Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II of Kpalime looks on

Regent of Tongor-Tsanaakpe, Torgbui Dompreh Aboagye reading while Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II of Kpalime looks on

Most people across the country have expressed dissatisfaction with the nomination of various persons by government.

Recently, the armed youth of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) vandalized property belonging to the party and State.

The three paramount chiefs, in a press statement issued over the weekend in the South-Dayi District, opposed the renomination of Mr Semanu Bekoe.

They are Torgbui Asuo Kwesi V, Torgbui Adza Wiah Kwesi II and Torgbui Aku Dompeh XI, paramount chiefs of Tongor, Kpalime and Kpeve traditional areas respectively.

The chiefs said the renomination of the DCE came as surprise to them because they petitioned the government, through the Volta Regional Minister, Nii Laryea Afotey-Agbo and the NDC hierarchy in the region and the national level against his  renomination.

The paramount chiefs, in a statement read by the Regent of Tongor-Tsanaakpe, Torgbui Dompreh Aboagye, stressed that they can no longer work with the DCE who they described as ‘arrogant.’

They claimed that during a festival at Todome-Kpalime in 2011 the DCE allegedly described them as ‘insatiable lots.’

‘We can no longer work with the outgoing DCE because of his insulting behavior towards us, the chiefs.’

They also accused the DCE of not consulting them (chiefs) and other opinion leaders from the three traditional areas on key developmental issues.

The chiefs accused the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Edem Asimah of manipulating the system to renominate the incumbent DCE, Kafui Bekoe, who openly stated that he was no longer interested in the position on health grounds.

‘No single person within the district or constituency has the mandate to determine who the DCE should be. His actions are very dangerous, without honour and could impact on peaceful co-existence,’ the statement noted.

The chiefs reiterated that ‘both Peki and Kpalime traditional areas have held the position of District Chief Executive before. For equity to prevail, it should now be the turn of Tongor and Kpeve traditional areas to contest for the position of District Chief Executive.

‘More so the current MP, Edem Asimah is from Peki and so the renomination of the DCE, Kafui Bekoe who is from Kpalime, is unfair to the other traditional areas, especially when he has finished his term.

The chiefs therefore urged President John Mahama to reconsider the renomination of Kafui Bekoe or else they would advise themselves.

‘We hope we shall not be boxed into a corner that brings no comfort, peace and cooperation but distress and conflict,’ the statement said.

The three paramount chiefs also called on President John Mahama to, as a matter of urgency, investigate the implementation of a water project in the area.

The alleged the DCE, Kafui Bekoe and the MP, Edem Asimah encouraged the shoddy execution of the project.

According to the statement, ‘Evidence abounds that inferior materials were used to carry out the project at a huge cost. Sadly, water has not been flowing through the pipes up till today.’

 From Fred Duodu, Kpeve

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