24 January 2013

Ghana: Jubilation Over Regional Minister's Removal

THE CRUSADE for the removal of the Ashanti Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, which was launched by some leading youth activists and foot soldiers of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) has eventually yielded positive results.

The wish of many die-hard supporters and leading youth activists of the ruling party was to see the replacement of Dr. Kwaku Agyemang-Mensah, whose administration witnessed an uneasy relationship with the upper and grass root base of the party.

The out-going minister came under constant attacks from leading party activists in the region, who were not comfortable with his leadership style as the representative of the Presidency in the region.

They had persistently complained about his failure to open up to party members, a situation which was a great disincentive to foot soldiers and leading members alike.

The former Board Chairman of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital, therefore, became a victim of Facebook attacks, with several personalities and NDC supporters posting unpleasant comments and statuses, calling for his removal.

It, therefore, came as refreshing news when the fourth batch of the Presidential nominees was released yesterday, with Dr. Agyemang-Mensah replaced with the former Metro Chief Executive Officer, Hon. Samuel Sarpong.

Information received by The Chronicle indicated that there were jubilation among some city guards at the Central Business district, when the news hit town that the regional minister had been sacked and replaced by the MCE.

The NDC party foot soldiers and leading members were not the only group of people who had issues with the administrative style of the outgoing minister, but some section of the media in Kumasi often complained about his kind of media relations, which became a topic of discussion when the then flagbearer and now President-elect, His Excellency John Dramani Mahama, met with a section of the inky fraternity in the run up to the elections.

According to some leading party activists who spoke to the paper on anonymity, the decision by the President not to retain the regional minister is in the right direction because his administration did not in any way help the fortunes of the ruling party.

They argued that a position like the regional minister requires someone who has grass root knowledge of the party and is ready to collaborate with the various hierarchies in pushing both the interests of the party and the government.

They, therefore, described the nomination of Mr. Sarpong as a right decision considering the fact that the former MCE is a grass root person who has dealt with the various top ranks of the ruling party in the region.

According to one youth activist, they hope Mr. Sarpong will transfer the experience and the good collaboration created during his tenure as the city mayor onto the new position in order to improve the fortunes of the NDC in the region.

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