…Hints of mayhem at Offinso by footsoldiers

From Simmons Yussif Kewura, Offinso

President Atta Mills (left), Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, (middle), Hon. Victor Amponsah, MCE Offinso South. (right)

The National Democratic Congress (NDC) Constituency Chairman for Offinso South, Mr. Adu Boateng Boahen, has called on President Mills to come out officially to state whether he is maintaining the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Offinso, Mr. Victor Amponsah, or has dismissed him.

According to him, his call was based on agitations by the youth, who are threatening to sack the MCE from his official residence, and also cause mayhem in the area.

According to Chairman Adu Boateng Boahen, the youth did not understand why Mr. Victor Amponsah still occupies his official residence, after he had been suspended indefinitely by President Mills for traveling to the United States of America without permission.

Speaking in an interview with The Chronicle at Offinso last week Friday, Mr. Adu Boateng claimed he had on several occasions restrained the youth from marching to the residence of the MCE to eject him from the house, and that to ensure absolute peace, the President should come out to clearly state his position on the issue, before the youth took the law into their own hands.

The Constituency Chairman accused the MCE of using some Zoomlion staff on his private garden, and also of having meetings with contractors, which has angered the youth, since he was supposed to be on suspension.

Adu Boateng further told The Chronicle that at the moment, the assembly was unable to use the residence, and in some cases, the staff have to rent restaurants to refresh guests, at great cost to the assembly.

When The Chronicle contacted the suspended MCE, Victor Amponsah, he accused the Constituency Chairman of being the brain behind the youth agitation to eject him from the residence.

According to the MCE, the party chairman, who competed for the MCE position with him, had never given him peace to operate.

Amponsah told The Chronicle that the fact that he had been suspended, did not mean he had been sacked, arguing that he had right to stay in the official residence.
He dismissed allegations that he had been meeting contractors and using Zoomlion staff for his private garden work.

The MCE told the paper that Mr. Boahen had hijacked the activities of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the constituency.

Meanwhile, Mr. Elvis Afriyie Ankrah, a Deputy Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, has called for calm, as the President investigates the conduct of the MCE.
Ankrah, who was speaking in a telephone interview with The Chronicle, said since the investigators had not completed their work, the MCE’s stay in the residence was legal.

He argued that Amponsah had not been sacked to warrant the call for his removal from the residence, and warned that the militant tactics being adopted by the youth would not help. According to Ankrah, the NDC has now been re-branded, and advised the youth to adapt to the new changes.

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