General News of Wednesday, 12 May 2010
The dismissed Upper West Regional Minister, Mahmoud Khalid, says he believes his dismissal stems probably from pressure mounted on the Presidency by Party Executives from the Upper West Region.
Mr. Mahmud Khalid was on Tuesday, May 11, dismissed as the Upper West Regional Minister by the president after NDC foot soldiers had earlier called for his dismissal.
The irate NDC foot soldiers on Monday May 10 vandalized some property belonging to the party to register their displeasure over the award of contracts to members of the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) by the Regional Minister.
The foot soldiers also invaded the Upper West Regional Coordinating Council (RCC) and destroyed some properties which resulted in some clashes between the youth group and some NDC fans sympathetic to the Regional Minister, Mahmoud Khalid.
The Regional Chairman of the NDC and some executives of the party were fingered of instigating the dismissal the behavior of Mr. Mahmud Khalid and being behind his dismissal.
The foot soldiers accused the Minister of awarding contracts to some of his cronies of the opposition NPP.
But in an interview with Mr Khalid on Citi Eyewitness News, moments after his dismissal, he said he is not bitter about his dismissal since according to him he did nothing wrong.
According to him all contracts awarded were through the due process and not based on friendship. He added that the allegations levelled against him do not hold since contracts are not meant for party people but for people who have gone through the due process and are qualified.
He said those accusing him of awarding contracts to his cronies in the NPP “are party people acting out of ignorance”.
Mr Khalid, who said he received the news of his dismissal via a phone call, said he will still remain an active member of the NDC and play his role to ensure unity. He also hinted that he will be going back to farming since he was already a farmer before coming into politics.
Asked if he suspected that his removal was orchestrated by the agitations of party executives in his region, Mahmoud Khalid answered in the affirmative.
“…Yes it’s a possibility that they played an active part in my dismissal” he said.