General News of Monday, 8 May 2017
Alhaji Mohammed Kwaku Doku, the former Asunafo North Municipal Chief Executive, on Monday reminded Ghanaians that the 1992 constitution gives the President sole Prerogative to appoint Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
He therefore emphasised that any group of persons, individuals or political parties that agitated or protested against the choice of President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo in the appointment of the MMDCEs breached the constitution and threatened national security.
Mr Doku, who is a former President of the National Association of Local Government (NALAG), told the Ghana News Agency (GNA) in an interview in Sunyani that it was the various MMDAs that had the right to either endorse or reject the President nominees.
Chapter 20 Article 243 of the constitution says “there shall be a District Chief Executive for every district who shall be appointed by the President with approval of not less than two thirds majority of members of the Assembly present at meeting”.
Mr Doku, however asked political parties to stay away from interfering in the approval of the President’s nominees by the various Assemblies and appealed to the police administration to ensure that adequate security was provided during the confirmations.
He observed that because of alleged threats of lives and unnecessary intimidations, some Assembly members had failed to participate in the confirmation of the MMDCEs.