Akufo-Addo releases list of MMDCEs today

President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has a list of nominated Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

The long-awaited list will be submitted to the Minister for Local Government and Regional Re-organisation, Mr Dan Botwe before the close of day.

This was disclosed by the Director of Communications at the Presidency, Eugene Arhin in a Facebook post.

Mr Dan Botwe, he said, is expected to announce list very soon.

The government has been criticised for the delay in appointing new MMDCEs with some critics arguing that it is stalling developments across the country.

Law Suits

For instance, the Member of Parliament for South Dayi, Rockson-Nelson Dafeamekpor, has dragged the Akufo-Addo government to court over the matter.

He said the continuous stay of MMDCEs in office in an acting capacity eight months after a new administration came into office is against the laws of the land.

This comes after President Akufo-Addo directed all MMDCEs to remain at post until new ones are appointed after he was sworn in to serve a second presidential term in January this year.

According to the communiqué signed by the Chief of Staff, Akosua Frema Opare, announcing the directive, the MMDCEs were against taking any policy-related decisions.

Dafeamekpor, who filed the suit as a private citizen of Ghana, among other things wants a “declaration that upon a true and proper interpretation of Article 243(1), 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.”

He also wants the court to order the acting MMDCEs to immediately vacate their post.

“An order directed to all Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives continuing in office pursuant to the above-mentioned Presidential directive to vacate office with immediate effect.”



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