Some NDC youth protesting over the DCE sack
The chiefs of the Ada Traditional Area have expressed grave reservations about the way President Mahama went about the dismissal of Anthony Klokpa, the former District Chief Executive (DCE) of Ada West and have therefore called for his reinstatement.
The DCE was sacked by the President on December 29, 2015 after serving for a period of three years.
He was one of the several appointees that had been removed from office across the country.
The chiefs, in a press conference on Monday at Ada, registered their misgivings about the way in which governments treat them saying governments would entirely ignore them in the sacking of appointees after seeking their(chiefs) opinions in their appointments.
“Indeed, we regard this act as an insult to the sensibilities of the chiefs who represent the soul of the collective wealth and value system of their people. In fact any disregard to chiefs is a disregard for their people which is unfortunate,” they stressed.
In an address read on his behalf, the Paramount chief of the Ada Traditional area, Nene Kabu Abraham Akuaku III indicated that although it is the prerogative of the government to do as it wishes with its appointees, it is also important to seek the people’s opinion, especially on the appointee’s performance, to reflect the true representation of the people’s mandate at all levels of governance.
“The Traditional Council, on behalf of the people, fervently appeals to His Excellency, the President to use his good offices to reverse the decision so that Hon DCE, Anthony Yao Klokpa who has won the admiration of the people of the traditional area, will come back to continue his good works,” Nene noted.
In a related development, some youth of Sege in the Ada West District of the Greater Accra Region believed to be members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) have demonstrated against President John Dramani Mahama over the sacking of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Mr. Anthony Klokpa.
The youth have threatened to scuttle the party’s chances of winning in the area during the 2016 elections if the DCE is not reinstated within 21-days.
According to them, the DCE has worked hard enough and deserves commendation rather than dismissal.
They accused their Member of Parliament (MP), Hon. Christian Otutei, some of the Sege constituency executives and some regional staff of the party of hatching the DCE’s removal as result of bad blood between the MP and the DCE.
Ernest Kugblenu, convener of the demonstrators said they would be petitioning National Chairman of the NDC, Mr. Ebenezer Kofi Portuphy, asking the President to act on their demand or incur their wrath.
According to him, the DCE has undertaken numerous development projects in the area, mentioning the construction of an 8-unit block bungalow for teachers, provision of 600 dual desks to schools among others and should therefore be reinstated to continue the development of the area.
“We humbly appeal to His Excellency, the President to rescind his decision and bring back our DCE,” they cried.
By Mike Avickson & Vincent Kubi