A local governance expert, Mr. James Gunu, has thrown his support for the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, for dragging government to court over the continuous stay of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs) in office.
The former Akatsi North District Chief Executive (DCE) has described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s eight months delay in the appointment of MMDCEs as a complete abuse of incumbency and a clear evidence of his disregard for local governance and constitutional democracy.
He further described the delay in the appointment of the MMDCEs as a deliberate attempt to appropriate the power of assembly members under the 1992 constitution to the president.
According to Mr. Gunu, a true and proper interpretation of Article 243(1) of the 1992 Constitution holds that, the President of the Republic of Ghana cannot direct, instruct or appoint any person to either act or hold office as a Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive without the prior approval of the Members of the District Assembly to which the said person would be acting or holding office as a Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive.”
Mr. James Gunu, who is also the Volta Regional Secretary of the NDC indicated that it is very difficult to believe a President who has failed to appoint MMDCEs in eight months to fulfill Agenda 111 promise in eighteen months.
According to Mr. Gunu, the President’s constant search for flashy slogans and his love for organizing luxurious ceremonies for little state events are parts of the reasons why appointment of MMDCEs have delayed for eight months.
He also noted that since President Akufo-Addo is known for sod cutting with no project to show, it could also be the case that he is contemplating on whether there should be a sod cutting ceremony or just a launch with fun fair to outdoor the MMDCEs.
Some Ghanaians have argued that, the existence or otherwise of MMDCEs across the nation seems not to be impacting anything so significant in the living condition of the people.
In relation to this, Mr. Gunu noted that “whether or not the delay is an endorsement of this position by President Nana Addo, your guess is as good as mine.
“Ghanaians are either not speaking enough, the language President Nana Addo understands best or not speaking that language at all. We need to look for that language and speak aloud to the hearing of the President,” Mr. Gunu revealed in an interview with InsiderGH.com.