Mixed reactions for the removal of Sissala West DCE

By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Gwollu (UWR), Oct 22,
GNA – New Patriotic Party (NPP) Executives in Sissala West District of Upper
West region have called for the removal from office the District Chief
Executive (DCE), Mr Mohammed Zackaria Bakor, after levelling several
accusations against.

The constituency
executives with polling stations’ officials and party elders at a News briefing
last Friday accused the DCE of; single-handedly awarding contracts, conflict of
interest, engaging in profligate expenditures and building mansions with public
funds.

Constituency Secretary
and Spokesperson for the Executives, Mr Abdul Rauf Zini alleged that the DCE
within two years of assuming office had put up two mansions located in Tumu and
the Brong-Ahafo town of Berekum.

He also claimed Mr
Bakor had awarded 14 schools out of 53 schools under the National School
Feeding Programme in the District to himself and his immediate families with
the most populated ones being allotted to his two wives wedding in recent
months.

“This skewed
distribution of the school feeding contracts has left in its wake a growing
syndrome of despondency among the rank and file of our party,” Mr Zini said.

The DCE was also
blamed for consistently threatening to sack constituency party officials
working in state agencies and departments who disagreed with him on matters of
policies, activities and programmes for the development of the district and the
party.

Mr Zini described the
actions of the DCE as “counterproductive” to government policies of planting
for food and jobs, national builders corps and one million one constituency et
cetera to reduce abject poverty.

The executives
labelled the DCE’s intention as a rehearsed one to alienate party members to
enable him to centralise distribution of state resources with the backing of
the Member of Parliament of the area, Mr Patrick Alhassan Adama.

“The MP is not visible
and accessible in the constituency…the MP does not patronise social functions
in the district, this apparent lack of interest in the social events such as
funerals is at variance with the culture and values of our people,” Mr Zini
said.

The actions of Mr
Bakor and Mr Adama were described as “uncomplimentary and affront to the
President [Akufo-Addo’s] vision of growth and development of the country and
the party in the constituency.”

The Constituency
executives therefore called for the removal of the DCE and also implored NPP
top leaders to call the MP to order to focus on his core responsibilities as a
lawmaker.

Malam Karim More, the
First Vice Chairman of the constituency, told the Ghana News Agency, a petition
has been submitted to the Upper West Regional Minister, but nothing had been
done to resolve the impasse.

But in a counter News
conference on Saturday another NPP group refuted all the allegations levelled
against the MP and the DCE as baseless and without any iota of truth.

Spokesperson for the
group, Mr Karim Hudu Muah called on the executives to rather initiate moves to
reconcile the rank and file of the party since deep cracks developed after the
NPP’s last constituency and polling station elections.

“The consistent
disagreement with leadership of the Party never prepare for unity. This attitude
of the executives should be called to order to at least allow the MP and the
DCE the peace of mind to work and develop Sissala West District,”. He added.

Mr Tomy Salifu, Former
Polling Station Executive Chairman for Sorbelle Polling Station ‘B’ told the
Ghana News Agency: “We were all together in 2016, but the time we were going to
the constituency elections, some names were deleted”.

“Look! My welding shop
was destroyed, but we are all one and we are ready for peace”.

GNA

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