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Regional News of Monday, 1 April 2019

Source: Daniel Kaku

Ellembelle constituency executives petition Chief of Staff over abandoned official residence by DCE

The Ellembelle Constituency Executive Committee of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the Western Region has petitioned the government to sanction the District Chief Executive for the area, Hon. Kwasi Bonzo for abandoning official bungalow since 2017.

In a petition addressed to the Chief of Staff and Local Government Minister and sighted by the media, the Constituency Executives have accused the DCE of renting an apartment in Takoradi and neglecting his official bungalow which was built by the Assembly for sitting DCEs.

They added that since his appointment in 2017 as the DCE for the area, he has been lodging in a rented apartment in Takoradi at the expense of the Assembly.

According to them, the distance between Takoradi and Ellembelle District Capital, Nkroful is about 75km.

"The DCE, since his appointment in 2017, has been lodging in a rented apartment in Takoradi at the expense of the assembly neglecting official bungalow which had been occupied by previous District Chief Executives of the area", they alleged.

The residents added that a whopping amount of money was spent to renovate this official residence immediately he assumed office with the hope that he will reside there to effectively perform his official duties. He hardly comes to work and people will always meet his absence thereby creating discomfort for the entire populace and affection for the party which is stifling the development of the District".

They added that "The DCE will always have to commute a distance of about 75 KM from Takoradi to Nkroful alone when he decides to come to an office. The fuel alone is putting a lot of financial burden on the Assembly, not to mention his rented apartment".

They emphasized that "Key opinion leaders in the District could not fathom why the DCE has abandoned his official bungalow the Assembly allocated to him and instead decided to use the Assembly’s scanty funds to rent an apartment for himself at Takoradi and have complained severally to the Constituency executive committee".

They stated that "Mr Kwasi Bonzo, the DCE, has been engaging in acts which in one way or the other has created division and continuous to thicken by the day. The constituency executive on several occasions had tried to engage the DCE on these issues but sadly he had never given them(executive) audience since he assumed office.

"We would therefore like to lay the issues bare for necessary actions to curb the menace".

They, therefore, appealed to the government/ the party hierarchy to take appropriate sanctions against the DCE adding that failure to act will compel them to disregard him as their DCE for the area.