July 7, 2017

Former Minister of Local Government and Rural Development under late President Mill’s administration, Mr.  Joseph Yieleh Chireh has taken a swipe at the President, Nana Akuffo-Addo for issuing public instruction to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) to arrest lawless youth of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in Savelugu.

He noted in an interview that the disturbances emanating from the nomination of Metropolitan Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMCES’) despite receiving approval by the assemblies is worrying.

“We do not need to hear the President issuing instruction to the Inspector General of Police (IGP) that is funny, but rather we need to hear reports that people have been arrest”.

You cannot imagine that the President nominates an MCE, after her approval by the assembly, yet she cannot take office and work in peace. In swearing in the Chief Justice (CJ) then the President issues an instruction of arrest to the IGP, he said.

He stated that lamentations by the President does not portray he is serious in dealing with the matter and noted that those who were nominated amongst confusion and rivalry.

The solution to the problem he noted is not just the election of MMDCEs but the need to deal with party faithful.

“This is a party issue, those causing the trouble are not members of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), when  you have a party,  “without discipline and always agitating through whatever means to come to power, including getting macho men to get to power after you have gotten power this is what will happen”, Mr. Joseph Yieleh Chireh pointed out.

Mr Chireh said it is interesting that an MCE cannot enter her office in the midst of Regional Minister, Local Government Minister, Interior Defence and National Security because they are now waiting for the President to give instruction.

He emphasized the need for the NPP to deal with the situation.

“They need to call to order all those people who feel they are entitled by way of their contribution”.

“it is also the lawlessness emanating from the Presidency that everybody is watching, the President is removing people, without resulting to the governing council asking people to act without   constitutional bodies” he said.

The Wa West legislator noted that, these are acts that people see if you are not in a hurry in doing these things, people will also not be in a hurry, they will listen to you.

“If you can ignore procedure, ignore the law and say you have worn power and this is going on including the health sector transferring people and asking people to take over  without due  notice obviously there is a  big problem and the ground forces of  NPP are taking a cue from   the conduct of the central government”, he said.

By: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso/ghanamps.com