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MCE confirmation: Don’t punish Sam Pyne over KMA debt, says Akufo-Addo

Members of the KMA have vowed to reject the president’s nominee on Tuesday over the government’s unpaid debt

The president, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has asked members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to approve the nominee for chief executive (MCE) without attaching any strings.

Appealing to the assembly members, Akufo-Addo said his nominee for the KMA post, Sam Pyne, should not be made a victim of the past.

Pyne faces possible rejection by the assembly members in Kumasi over a government unpaid debt of GHC50million. The confirmation meeting is scheduled to take place on Tuesday (5 October).

Who cause am?

“Is he the one who incurred the costs?” Akufo-Addo quizzed, arguing that it would be unfair to make a scapegoat of the nominee for MCE.

“If he was the one who incurred the cost, then that is okay, but you want him to be a victim of the past? I don’t think that is fair. So I will plead with the assembly to look at what he [Sam Pyne] can do and endorse him,” Akufo-Addo said, during an interview with the Kumasi-based Pure FM.

“I don’t see why they are going to hold up Kumasi getting a proper executive because of the past. I don’t think that is fair, and that is not the way we should go about it.

“I think what they need to get from him right from the beginning when he comes to them is the commitment to pay the debt. That will be the proper way to go. If they feel he is worthy of confirmation, let them confirm him,” the president said.

A comprehensive report on the KMA debt has been requested by the Office of the President.

“I have asked the Local Government Minister to look into it and give me a proper brief, because, on many occasions, in the energy sector, in the railway sector and several others, the figures in the so-called debts do not add up,” President Akufo-Addo said.

“And so I want us to look into it properly and check the genuineness of the [KMA] debt, then, we can see how best to go about it.”

No change

So far, roughly five nominees for MMDCE slots (out of 260) have been rejected by metropolitan, municipal and district assemblies (MMDAs) across the country.

Meanwhile, in the face of the rejections, the president has said that election of MMDCEs still remains his first choice in the interest of democracy.

“Electing MMDCEs will be a better way to go and I have not changed my mind on that. Now that we have settled down, we will sit again over this issue with the Minority in Parliament and the opposition party.

“I am still committed to it and it still remains the best solution,” he said.

Loretta Timah

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