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President sacks Amansie South DCE

President Akufo-Addo has sacked the Amansie South District Chief Executive (DCE), William Asante Bediako, a statement from the local government ministry announced.

The statement issued by the Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Hajia Alima Mahama said President Akufo-Addo has named Clement Opoku Gyamfi as the new DCE.

It still remains unclear what informed the President’s decision, but reports suggest Bediako had made some public comments that appeared to endorse illegal mining activities in the country.

The video which is widely shared on social media platforms seemed to embarrass the President’s strenuous efforts to tackle the menace, hence his removal after extensive consultations with members of his cabinet.

Other nominations

Meanwhile, the President has also nominated two other individuals as Chief Executives for the Akwapim North Municipality and the Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assemblies.

They are Abdul Mumin Issa – who succeeds the late Sekondi/Takoradi Mayor, Anthony K. K. Sam, who died after contracting COVID-19; and Barimah Sarpong Asiedu-Larbi who takes over as the Municipal Chief Executive for the Akwapim North Assembly.

The nomination is in accordance with Article 243 (1) of the 1992 Constitution and Section 20(1) of the Local Government Act, Act 936.

“In view of the above, Regional Ministers are kindly requested to liaise with the Regional Electoral Commission to conduct the confirmation process for the nominated Chief Executives,” the statement added.

Until his nomination, Issah, a businessman, operated cleaning services in Takoradi. He was a former Takoradi Constituency Chairman of the New Patriotic Party.

He also contested for the position of Regional Second Vice Chairman of the New Patriotic Party in the last regional executive elections but lost.

All the appointees will have to attain a two-thirds majority votes of the assembly members to be confirmed.

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