From Alfred Adams, Takoradi.
Chiefs in the Western Region are protesting against the non-appointment of indigenes as the Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA).
Nana Kwesi Agyeman IV, Omanhene of Lower Dixcove, who raised the issue at the sitting of the Regional House of Chiefs in Sekondi recently, said the time has come for the appointing authorities to have a second look at the issue.
Nana Kwesi Agyeman IV, whose comment was overwhelmingly endorsed by other paramount chiefs constituting the Regional House of Chiefs, said, in the presence of the Regional Minister, Dr Owusu Afriyie, that under the Fourth Republic, no single Ahanta indigene had ever been appointed to head the STMA.
The people of Ahanta, who are the custodians of Sekondi-Takoradi lands, according to Nana Kwesi Agyeman, have been silent over the development for a long time, and that this is the time for them to raise the issue.
“The Ahantas are not happy with this development, and it is time the appointing authorities take a second look at this,” he said, adding that the story would have been different if the development had happened in other parts of the country.
Nana Kwesi Agyemang, a former Vice President of the Regional House of Chiefs, told the Regional Minister that the people of Ahanta were watching to see if the newly-created Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipal Assembly would also elude a native of Ahanta.
Nana Kwesi Agyeman said he was not against the appointment of a party member as MCE, but insisted that the Ahantas have been marginalised when it comes to the appointment of MCEs.
The President of the Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi, was happy his colleague had spoken as a man, but, however, asked the latter to lobby for the indigenes instead of sitting idle and expecting the government to appoint an Ahanta.
He said though chiefs are barred from meddling in partisan politics, lobbying for appointments could not be an aberration.
The President maintained that the concerns raised by Nana Kwesi Agyeman had, over the years, been articulated by the Essikado Omanhene, so “you will have to fight to have your indigene appointed.”