Gov’t is undermining local governance practice -James Gunu

August 31, 2021 By 0 Comments

The Volta Regional Secretary of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Mr James Gunu, has backed Rockson Deafeamekpor’s move to sue government over the acting position of Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).

According to him, for the MMDCEs to act for eight months, the government had undermined local governance practice.

Mr Gunu described President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s eight months delay in the appointment of MMDCEs as a complete abuse of incumbency, and gross disregard for local governance and disrespect for democracy, which, he pointed out, should be a matter of concern to Ghanaians.

The NDC Regional Secretary, who was also a former District Chief Executive for Akatsi North and a local governance expert, made this known in a statement made available to the media in Ho.

He stressed that the time had come for Ghanaians to constructively criticise the President’s leadership style to help correct the wrong things he was doing.

Mr. Gunu argued that not only had his delay in appointing MMDCEs affected the local governance system, but was also a clear and cautious attempt by the President to take away the powers of assembly members under the 1992 Constitution to the presidency.

He noted that the roles of assembly members were carefully spelt out to help develop their respective electoral areas, and that eight months of inactivity was a clear breach of the constitution.

It is also denying the people the right to enjoy development projects through their assembly members, who had been made insignificant for the past eight months.

“Ghanaians are either not speaking enough for the President to correct himself and do the right thing, or were not speaking enough in the language Nana Addo understood, and could also be that they were not speaking at all, so the time to speak and bring the needed change is now or never,” he stressed.

According to the NDC Regional Secretary, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives were criticised for failing to perform during the first tenure of the President, hence, the present delay in choosing who succeeds them.

To Mr James Gunu, the delay in appointing the MMDCEs was a “sign of the end times.”