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General News of Friday, 17 June 2011

Source: GNA

Group irked by KMA Chief Executive

Kumasi, June 17, GNA - A group of assembly members in Kumasi have expressed disapproval of what they see as growing political intolerance by the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mr Samuel Sarpong. They have therefore cautioned that he should tread carefully, bearing in mind that the country is operating under constitutional democracy. This is contained in a statement signed by 14 members of the assembly in Kumasi.

They said 93we are particularly irked and alarmed at the rate with wh= ich

the MCE at the least provocation storms radio stations with brute force to seek redress with impunity over trivial issues, which could have been settled amicably at the assembly level by following laid down rules and regulations." They made reference to his recent storming of the premises of Kapital Radio with armed policemen to arrest two people for distasteful comments made during a morning show discussion of the radio station and said that was a sad reflection of 93our ugly past."

The group said what he did was 93embarrassing, unacceptable and total= ly uncalled for." Again, they took umbrage at the MCE's alleged vicious attacks on one= of

their colleagues, Mr Abrahim Boadi, on the airwaves and subsequent invitation to the police to question the assembly member.

"We demand an open door policy, where all and sundry are treated wi= th decency, decorum and equality." They counselled that it would do the MCE a lot of good if all diversionary tendencies, witch-hunting and the divide and rule tactics were avoided.