Monday, January 17, 2011


By Kwame Asare Boadu, Kumasi

FEAR and panic appear to have gripped some District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the Ashanti Region following last week’s dismissal of four of their colleagues by President John Evans Atta Mills.
Graphic Nsempa has learnt that some of those who survived are seriously lobbying insiders at the Castle to help them hold on to their positions.
What perhaps might have driven the DCEs to be terrified are reports albeit unconfirmed that the President would draw the sword again.
Since the announcement was made, some of the DCEs have hardly been seen or heard in public.
Those sacked in the Ashanti Region included Mr Kwadwo Adae, Sekyere East, Mr Victor Amponsah, Offinso South, Jacob Kofi Dankwa, Sekyere Afram Plains, and Mohammed Boakye Agyemang, Ejisu-Juaben.
No reasons were given for the action leaving room for speculations.
While some attribute it to agitations from NDC foot soldiers others linked it to incompetence.
However, for Mr Amponsah, the action against him is widely believed to have a link to his recent trip to the United States of America after defying directives from then Regional Minister, Mr Kofi Opoku-Manu to shelve the decision to travel.
He wrote to the former Regional Minister of his decision to travel with some of his colleague Graduate Students of the Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology to the US but he advised him against the journey but the man ignored his boss only to return to receive suspension and eventual sack.
The other three also had one form of showdown or the other with their party foot soldiers but again it is not known whether the President acted on the concerns of the foot soldiers.
Mr Adae for instance, survived several attacks by enraged Zongo youth of the NDC at Asokore somewhere last year.
Meanwhile various reactions continue to emerge from party circles over the President’s decision.
The few people who have been calling in to radio stations expressing regret at the decision to sack the four chief executives, accused the foot soldiers of masterminding wicked plans to get rid of appointees who failed to meet their demands.
However, many believed that the DCEs simply failed to live up to expectation and deserved the sack.

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