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Politics of Thursday, 27 April 2017

Source: citifmonline.com

Akufo-Addo’s MMDCE nominees have been received well – Hajia Alima

The Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama, has said that the set of appointees nominated by President Akufo-Addo for 212 Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) announced on Wednesday, have been “received well.”

According to her, some incidents of resistance and agitation by residents in a few districts and municipalities against some of the nominees were expected.

Citi News gathered that, in districts such as the Mpohor in the Western Region, some angry youth belonging to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) staged a protest against their appointee Ignatious Asaah Mensah.

In the Builsa North district, a group of angry youth vandalized the NPP office over the appointment of David Afoko, as the DCE for the area. According to them, Mr. David Afoko was not loyal to the party and did not contribute to the party’s electoral victory.

In the Atiwa West and Jomoro Districts, there had been protest against the expected nominees, but the President went ahead to confirm them. But speaking on Eyewitness News on Wednesday, Hajia Alima Mahama, who announced the President’s list of MMDCE appointees said, “If there are reactions in some places, it is not fair to say it is ugly.

If you are making an appointment for 212 people, you expect some reaction. People should be patient, it is only one person who can get it…We released a list of 212 DCEs, and at least, it is going on peacefully in 200 districts…

I will say the President’s choice has been received well by the large majority of the people.” She said persons who had challenges with the President’s choice need to direct their concerns to the party’s district leadership, and not resort to violence, adding that if the action of the supporters bothers on criminality, it must be tackled as such.

Women appointees Hajia Alima Mahama stressed that, the NPP government’s appointment of 36 women appointees as MMDCEs, is a great improvement of what has existed in the previous government.

According to her, it was a “big improvement” and indicates that “we are making progress”, adding that the previous administration has nineteen women as MMDCEs.

36 of the 212 persons named by President Akufo-Addo to occupy the vacant positions of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) across the country are women.

This represents only 17% of the total list announced by the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama in Accra on Wednesday.