BY PHILIP ANTOH | firstname.lastname@example.org
TENSION IS gradually brewing at the Krowor Municipal Assembly, one of the newly-created Assemblies in the Greater Accra Region, following the sidelining and eventual deposing of the Presiding Member in the performance of key functions at the assembly.
The Municipal Coordinating Director is said to have sidelined the then Presiding Member (PM) by chairing another inaugural meeting of the Krowor Assembly, which had already been inaugurated by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Ms Hajia Alima Mahama.
Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE, the now former PM of the Ledzokuku-Krowor Municipal Assembly, Mr David Annang Laryea, popularly known as Nii Shipie, said after the division of the Assembly into Ledzokuku and Krowor Municipal Assemblies, the sector minister on March 15, 2018 inaugurated the new assemblies and asked everyone to hold on to their positions at the new assemblies.
Mr Laryea said because his electoral area falls under Krowor, he automatically became the PM for the new assembly but was shocked when a team led by Mr Emmanuel Nortey called for fresh election of the government appointees and elected a new PM for the municipality, thereby defiling the orders of the sector minister.
According to Mr Laryea, what Mr Nortey did was self-willed and grossly unconstitutional, adding that the Local Government Minister should immediately intervene, order and restrain the coordinating director from perpetuating gross misconduct.
The former PM described the act as unfair, adding that when the Ga Central Assembly was divided, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) moved to the new Assembly without any hitches and performed his functions as MCE. “Why then must the PM of Krowor re-contest an election?”
Mr Laryea is, therefore, appealing to the minister to quickly intervene and order Mr Nortey to allow both government appointees and PMs perform their designated functions so that peace would prevail in the area.
He has therefore sounded a note of warning that if the minister failed to intervene, he would place a permanent injunction on the assembly and stop it from operating.
Mr Nortey has, however, refuted the allegations and explained that what happened was within the remit of the law.
He said the case went to the High Court and the court ruled in their favour, hence the organisation of fresh elections.