General News of Thursday, 3 August 2017
Some members of the Sagnarigu District Assembly in the Northern region have initiated moves to impeach the District Chief Executive (DCE), Iddrisu Mariam over what they describe as gross arrogance and disrespect towards them.
In a petition signed by 19 out of the 33 assembly members, the aggrieved petitioners say the administrative and personal conduct of the DCE pose a hindrance to the progress and development of the district.
The petitioners question the management competence of Mrs. Iddrisu and accuse her of disrespecting them.
“We the undersigned Honourable members of the Sagnarigu Assembly are calling for the impeachment of Honourable Mariam Iddrisu, the District Chief Executive of our reputable assembly in pursuant of section 243, clause 3 of the 1992 Constitution and section 20 clause 4 (a) of the local government Act936 of 2016,” the petition read in part.
Other allegations leveled against the DCE by the petitioners are hijacking of a special vehicle donated to the assembly for monitoring of RING projects besides her official vehicle and undermining some arms of the assembly.
The Presiding Member (PM) of the assembly, Alhaji Mohammed Awal in a telephone conversation with Radio Tamale 91.7FM confirmed receiving the petition but declined to give further details on the matter.
In a letter addressed to the DCE and intercepted by Radio Tamale 91.7FM, the PM gave the DCE up to Tuesday, August 8, 2017, to respond to the charges against her or prepare for the impending action.
“You [the DCE] are therefore duly informed to get prepared towards the exercise or respond to [the] above accusations against you on or before Tuesday, 8th August 2017,” he stated.
Concerns are however being raised by some residents in the district as to whether the charges leveled against the DCE are enough grounds to call for her impeachment.
Information reaching radiotamale.com indicates that some traditional leaders in the area have intervened in the matter and are inviting the aggrieved members to a meeting to find an amicable settlement to the impasse.
Mrs. Iddrisu, in May this year, received an overwhelming endorsement by the Assembly to take office as the first female DCE of the area.
Below is a copy of the petition: