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Sack all MMDCEs with immediate effect, supreme court told

Friday, August 27 2021

The member of parliament for South Dayi constituency Hon. Rockson Nelson Sefeamekpor has sued the government of Nana Akuffo Addo at the supreme court for delaying the appointment of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives. According to the lawyer, the constitution of Ghana did not give the president, the powers to instruct anybody to act as MMDCE.

The NDC MP instructed his lawyers to file the writ at the supreme court today. According to the writ sighted by CitizenOne, the action of the president contravened articles 243(1) and 246(2) of 1992 constitution of the Republic of Ghana. He has therefore asked the supreme court to;

1. Declare the January 11, 2021 letter from the office of the president directing all former MMDCEs to remain in acting capacity as unconstitutional and same as null and void,

2. That all contracts signed by the so called acting MMDCEs should not be binding to the state.

3. That all expenses incurred by the illegal MMDCEs should not be the responsibility of the state and finally

4. That the court should sack all MMDCEs from their positions with immediate effect.

Speaking on News 360 today monitored by CitizenOne, Lawyer Defeamekpor said, even though the January 11 letter banned the supposed acting MMDCEs from signing new contracts, the mid-year budget presented to parliament saw a number of new projects being initiated by the various MMDAs. That he said clearly contravened the spirit of the letter. He also observed that the acting capacities being conferred on the MMDCEs was supposed to had expired after three months.

It will be recalled that, on 11th January 2021, Communications Director at the Presidency Mr. Eugene Arhin issued a letter directing all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives to continue in acting capacities until the president nominated substantive MMDCEs. According to the letter the President was working with the appropriate stakeholders to ensure the appointments were done as soon as possible in accordance with law. The said letter also instructed the acting MMDCEs not to sign any new contract nor make new recruitments or transfers to and fro their respective assemblies.

As everyone was waiting to know whom their MMDCEs were, the information minister Hon. Kojo Oppong Nkrumah last Monday announced that there was no vacuum at the assembly levels as the former MMDCEs were still going about their duties. He stated that the President will only announce new MMDCEs through the local government ministry when he was done with the screening process.

Some have already described the suit by Lawyer and MP, Hon. Rockson Defeamekpor as dead on arrival. To them, the Justice Annin Yeboah lead Supreme Court will not see any merit in the suit. They think it will end just like the recent Election Petition case that was eventually throwned out.

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