Member of Parliament for North -Tongu Constittuency, Hon. Samuel Okudzeto Ablakwa says the embattled Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mr Abdul Mumin Issah, should have been sacked outrightly, rather than being told to step aside for investigations to be carried out following his alleged assault of a police officer on Thursday.
According to the MP who was speaking in a discussion on TV3’s ‘The Keypoints’ on Saturday, an outright dismissal would have sent a clear signal to other government officials that they cannot abuse public office and go scot-free.
On Friday, President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo suspended the MCE through a statement signed by the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Dan Botwe.
The statement further said, an inquiry into his conduct has also began. But Mr Okudzeto thinks a mere suspension was just not enough if the president really wants to instill discipline in his appointees.
A former Deputy Attorney General Joseph Kpemka who was one of the discussants, opined that the suspension was a good call, whilst the court process is allowed to conclude before the government takes any concrete decision.
But Mr Okudzeto disagreed, saying that since government claims in the suspension letter that it “takes a very dim view of the comments made by the Metropolitan Chief Executive during his exchanges with the Police”, the best action would be to fire the MCE, as the court would only look into the criminal aspects of the case.
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