Investigate and punish those who leaked MMDCE list, says Dr Fiadomor

The local government expert says  it was improper for the recommendations of  the vetting committee to have come into the public domain

Richard Fiadomor, the president of the Chamber for Local Governance (ChALoG), says those who leaked the report of the national vetting committee for MMDCEs must be punished.

He said the leaked report of the committee has put the president in a very tight corner and that has culminated in the open disagreements which have greeted the release of the list of MMDCEs.

Speaking with Nana Yaa Mensah on The Asaase Breakfast Show on Monday (20 September), Dr Fiadomor said, “We are happy about the fact that the list of the MMDCEs is out, but we know that beyond the president there’s a process that we have to undergo to make sure that the president’s nominees are confirmed.

“So, clearly, it means that more work will now have to be done. 

“Now it is not about the president any longer, but the people who have been nominated, to do what is needful to make sure that they win the heart of the assembly members in their respective districts, so that we can have a smooth sailing endorsement as and when it does begin.

“It is going to be not less than three weeks for the confirmation to start across the country.”

Leaked report

Dr Fiadomor continued: “… so now they have put the president in a very tight corner because … the president is not bound to go by the recommendations of the committee.

“So now that we know that the president is not bound by the recommendations of that committee ,it was very improper for the list to have come into the public domain. 

“If you look at what happened in Tema Central [protests broke out in the streets here after the president’s choice of Tema metropolitan chief was announced], it was because in the earlier list everybody saw that one Charles Boateng was the one who has been recommended and the person who has now been nominated came third. So, the question is: what went wrong?”

He added, “I think that the position they have put the president is most unfortunate. Whoever leaked that particular report must be punished because the position they have put the president is very bad.”

The list

The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Dan Botwe, on Sunday released the full list of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executive (MMDCE) nominees at a press conference in Accra

The New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) Ashanti Regional secretary, Sam Pyne, has been nominated to serve as the MCE for the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) while a former deputy minister of Greater Accra, Elizabeth Sackey, replaces Mohammed Adjei Sowah as the boss of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA).

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