Kingsley Aboagye Gyedu Alex D. Tetteh
THERE IS simmering tension between Kingsley
Aboagye Gyedu, Western North Regional Minister, and his deputy, Alex D. Tetteh.
According to sources, the two –
both MPs – have not been spotted together in public for some time now. This
followed accusations by the minister that his deputy had been undermining his
authority and sabotaging him.
Mr. Gyedu, who until his
appointment was a deputy Minister of Health, alleged that the actions of his deputy
in recent times were calculated to make him look bad, inefficient and unpopular
so he could be removed from office. The accusation has come barely four
months after both had assumed office.
In a letter of June 11 to the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama, the Regional Minister made several allegations against his deputy.
He claimed, for instance, that his
deputy convened a regional Security Council meeting without his knowledge,
issued security orders to counter his own orders and connived with a chief to
change the site for a Regional Coordinating Council office.
He also accused the deputy minister
of deliberately withholding information from him and acting
on his behalf to make him look bad before the chiefs and people of Sefwi Wiawso.
“When the Vice-President was about
to visit the region during the Ramadan period, somehow, the information got to my
deputy first and he waited till only two days to the time before he informed me,”
The minister further said that his
deputy submitted names to the office of the Local Government Service for
recruitment as drivers without consulting him.
Besides, he mentioned that his
deputy created a WhatsApp page for himself and the municipal and district chief
executives (MDCEs) and intentionally left him out.
Attempts For Amicable Solution
He asserted that several efforts
made by him to resolve the issue had proved futile. He said the MP for
Sefwi Wiawso, Dr Kweku Afriyie, met with them on two occasions to share his
experience and offer advice as to how to contain the situation, but the
situation keeps worsening.
Meanwhile, some of the residents had expressed worry over the lack of co-operation
between the two, saying the alleged rift between them could adversely affect
the development of the area.
The deputy minister is yet to respond to the allegations publicly.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi