Asking MMDCEs to hand over to Regional Ministers illegal – Expert

Local Government expert George Kyei Baffuor is citing President Mahama for committing an illegality by asking some Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) whose tenure has expired to hand over to their respective Regional Ministers.

District Chief Executive (DCE) of Jomoro Sylvester Nuamah and Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Tarkwah Christiana Cobbinah are among those asked to step aside.

MCE for Takoradi Captain Anthony Cudjoe was last week asked to step down after serving his four-year term.

The Shama and Ahanta West districts have also had no DCE for the last six months.

Government says the Ministers should act as DCEs in such areas until the assemblies are fully constituted.

But Mr Kyei Baffuor argues the directive violates the constitution.

He questioned why the president did not ask all MMDCEs to step aside but selected only a few.

“A lot of the MMDCEs have overstayed in their office…some for three or four months and taken certain sensitive positions so why does the president decide to pick and choose.”

He said the president should have asked for all MMDCEs to hand over just as he did to assembly members.

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