Dr. Nyaho Nyaho-Tamakloe has observed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is the “most lawless” president Ghana has ever had.
In his view, the president does not believe in the rule of law.
To him, the president’s undemocratic posturing, in recent times, “has found its way into our local government system.”
Speaking at a press conference on the recent confirmation of metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives on Thursday, 28 October 2021, the suspended stalwart of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) reminded Ghanaians that voting for MMDCEs must be done in a free and fair manner.
He noted that “our assemblies are made up of experts, elected assembly members from the various electoral areas within the district, chiefs and opinion leaders”, adding: “These people are expected to be people of integrity, conviction, maturity and above all [have] the development of their locality at heart”.
“These people, per our Constitution, must, at all times, be allowed to vote for or against any government appointee who is nominated by the president without any interference or compulsion but by their own conviction”, he argued.
“This is a sole right given to assembly members for which no one shall influence in any shape or form, by threat, intimidation, assault or pressure that will interfere with the exercise of such right.”
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe bemoaned that although Ghana continues to grow, the country’s growth must be seen in its decentralisation system to aid peace and development in the localities but that is not what is happening.
In his opinion, this government, led by Nana Akufo-Addo, “has taken our dear nation back.”
Justifying his point, he said: “Looking at happenings in the recent confirmation of chief executives at the various assemblies, these acts cannot be glossed over because it is undermining the democracy that we have enjoyed for the past 28 years and still counting.”
He explained further that “the Local Government Act 2016 (Act 936) (section 21) mandates the assembly members to go through a democratic process in confirming the respective nominations made by government” but “what did we see in the various assemblies in the just ended District Chief executive confirmations?” he quizzed.
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe alleged that the confirmation of MMDCEs witnessed “violence, deployment of NPP vigilantes clothed in military uniform to prevent assembly members from voting and, in some cases, prevented them from even entering the halls where the elections was to take place.”
Citing examples, he said “in the case of Kumawu, the Honourable member of parliament for that area, who is part of the composition of the assembly, was denied entry into the voting hall. This unfortunate incident cannot be overlooked and the needed authorities must be called to book.”
“The issue of bribery, in some assemblies including Cape Coast, could not be labelled as democratic. In Assin South, 16 assembly members had to invoke curses on the regional minister and the police commander and the DCE for preventing them from voting after they later realised the venue for voting had changed to another venue without informing them,” he stated.
“What sort of democracy are we practising?” Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe quizzed, adding: “Our party was based on democratic principles and some of us will make sure that we go back to our roots. Our roots have been democratic and it will continue to be so.”
Citing some more examples, he said: “Ga Central in the Greater Accra region experienced some violence where the presiding member of the assembly was assaulted and the Achiase district was not exempted from this bloody act…”
Ghana, as a country, cannot continue like this under this NPP government led by Nana Akufo-Addo. This indicates how unpopular and disappointed the people of this country are against the undemocratic moves by this present government.”
Many of these happenings, Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe said, “occurred in areas where the old chief executives were re-nominated for the second time and the most reasons given by the assembly members for rejecting them are lack of development in their localities, lack of good human relations on the part of the chief executives and many other reasons. The chief executives are, indeed, suffering from the deeds of their appointer, who has starved the assemblies of their common fund for four quarters and had reintroduced the capping system to take part of the monies…”
Dr Nyaho-Tamakloe has, thus, called on the government, the Ghana police service led by IGP Dr George Akuffo Dampare and the parliament of Ghana to, as a matter of urgency, investigate “these happenings in the various assemblies in order to bring these perpetrators of this undemocratic acts to book.”
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