23 November 2006

Ghana: Sack DCE Biney, Ex MP

THE FORMER Member of Parliament for Ahanta West Constituency in the western region, Rev. Sylvester Kingsly Kwofie has waded into the blazing political inferno between the District Chief Executive and the sitting Member of Parliament for the area.

According to the former MP, the conflict between the two Hon Samuel Jonfia and Mr. Kwesi Biney had made it impossible for peace and development to thrive in the area, and has also split the District Assembly split along the lines of the two political combatants.

This he noted has affected the work of the Assembly to the extent that for two consecutive times the Assembly could not elect a Presiding Member to preside over the meetings of the Assembly.

The DCE according to Rev. Kwofie nominated one Peter Nsobiah whilst the sitting MP also nominated one Dr. Ackah but the two failed to poll the two third mandated required votes to qualify each as the PM.

Continuing, the people of Ahanta according to the former MP were fed up with the impasse between the two and it was necessary that they one was removed or the two vacated their seats. "If that is not done then the NPP should not expect to win the election in 2008 in Ahanta West".

In a statement copied to the Press, the former MP noted that though the two were in the same political party and spoke the same dialect, the people of the area did not understand why the two could not unite and co-operate to make the District Assembly function properly adding " they would go on air and insult each other" which did not augur well for the progress of the party.

To him, though the minister of Local Governments, Rural Development and Environment, Hon Stephen Asamoah Boateng had mediated on the political rumpus between the two with the view to unite patch their differences for the sake of development of Ahanta, it has proved futile.

The former MP also expressed concern and faulted the President for not accepting the resignation of the DCE, Kwesi Biney. According to him, "some of us thought the DCE resignation was a way to bring peace and development to Ahanta but to our surprise the President did not accept the resignation when the two were invited to Accra for the resolution of the impasse".

The result of the decision of the President not to accept the resignation of the DCE indeed affected the election of a Presiding Member on the two consecutive sittings of the Assembly.

For this reason, "Mr. President, please reconsider your decision to retain the DCE, else the impasse would jeopardize the party's chances to win the 2008 elections", the former MP observed.

What is more pathetic, however about the impasse between the DCE and the sitting MP of the area according to the Former MP was the fact that the sitting MP should pull down a structure and continue to remain as DCE.

This he noted has had effect on the people and pupils of Nyameyiekrom who have no classrooms to attend school. "Pulling down a structure built with the Assembly money is a financial loss to the District Assembly and to the state and the MP should be sanctioned", he observed.

On the National Association of the Graduate Teachers (NAGRAT) palaver with the government, the former MP faulted the government for sending the issue to court and teacher's salary withheld. This he noted was a greatest blunder that the NPP government has committed adding " it is a political suicide and the President and his NPP should apologize to NAGRAT or loose 2008 elections".

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