“There shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with the prior approval of not less than two-thirds majority of members of the Assembly present and voting at the meeting,” says Article 243:1 of the 1992 constitution of Ghana.
Using the above quotation as his preamble, Bernard Mornah, General Secretary for the People’s National Convention (PNC) said his counterpart in the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC), Johnson Asiedu Nketia has no power to determine who the President can appoint or dismiss, as far as DCEs are concerned.
Bernard Mornah was reacting to the National Executive Committee (NEC’s) petition asking President John Dramani Mahama to recall Gabriel Barimah, the ‘tweaa’ DCE who was sacked for misconduct.
The NDC’s NEC issued a statement calling on President to reinstate the former DCE of Ahafo Ano South.
The statement which was signed by “General Mosquito”, as the NDC General Secretary is affectionately called, indicated that per their investigations, the Joy FM interview that triggered the dismissal of the Ahafo Ano South DCE was secretly done.
But contributing to a panel discussion on Peace FM’s morning show ‘Kokrokoo’, Bernard Mornah opined the statement was issued “to look down on President Mahama”. According to him, issues concerning DCEs do not lie in the hands of the political party, NEC or the party’s General Secretary.
“…power is with the President per the constitution…The President can also sack any DCE without being harassed by any party person…Is the NDC General Secretary saying that he couldn’t go to the President to tell him of NEC’s decision? Must it come out and be spread in the media? What was it intended to achieve; to compel the President to reinstate the DCE? Does that tell you that the President does not have control of government… I think that it was ill-informed for the General Secretary to make such comments,” stated Mr. Mornah.
He however added that, “I am waiting to see how the President will respond”.