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MCE defies Minister’s order •Refuses to open locked party office BY PHILIP ANTOH

THE MUNICIPAL Chief Executive (MCE) of Okaikwei North, Mr Boye Laryea, has disobeyed the orders of the Greater Accra Regional Minister, Mr Ishmael Ashitey, to open a padlock he used to close an office in the Achimota Maintenance Unit  building, near the Achimota College Club House, being used by New Patriotic Party (NPP) supporters.

According to some senior party officers who occupied the Achimota Maintenance Unit, the MCE, on November 7, 2019, stormed the place and threw their belongings out, locked up the place and demolished part of the building.

Speaking to the DAILY HERITAGE in Accra, Mr Appiah Kubi, a senior member of the party and the Founder of Patriotic Volunteers, the MCE called the bluff of the minister and had since refused to open the padlock for them.

Mr Kubi said “for the past seven days, I have been sleeping outside in the open because all my house keys are locked up by Mr Laryea. And all attempts to get him open the padlocks have proven futile.”

Narrating his ordeal, he said sometime in 2001, he went to see Legon Resident Workers Association who were then using the place as their maintenance office and they gave the place to him

“Now, when the last worker of the Association moved out, it became the property of Achimota School. At that time I was a counselor at the Accra Metropolitan Assembly so I consulted the new property owners, Achimota School, who gave me the place, he stated.

“I came to maintain the structure and that the PWD yard and used it as Youth Resource Centre for the constituency.”

Mr Kubi also said about three months ago, the owners of the Achimota Club House came to complain to him that they had been told by the Board Chairman of the School to vacate the place so as elders of the party went to see the MCE.

“It was there that we were told the place was going to be used as municipal office.”

“The MCE, after knowing that the place is my office, promised to give me a new place but came out weeks later to say he cannot give me a new place because we are squatters. So we received a letter from the Coordinating Director giving us 72 hours to vacate the place to which I also wrote back and copied the party hierarchy, both in the municipality and the region.”

Mr Kubi again said “upon receiving my letter, the Regional Minister called and asked that we  meet on November 8. Mr Laryea was ordered to go and open the door around 4 p.m. the following day so I could take my house keys and other belongings but he failed and the place has remained locked till date.”

All effort to speak to the MCE of Okaikwei North proved futile as calls and text messages to his cell phone went unanswered.

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