On Sunday September 19, 2021, eight months into the second administration of the ruling government, the President nominated Mr. Samuel Pyne, also called Sam Pyne, as the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
Subsequently, the 60-member Assembly, on Tuesday October 5, 2021, confirmed his appointment, as he polled 55 (94.8%) of the 58 votes cast to become the Mayor of Kumasi.
Sam Pyne, among 29 metropolitan, municipal and district chief executives (MMDCEs) was on Friday October 8, 2021, inducted into office by the Regional Minister, Simon Osei Mensah, after he had sworn the Oath of Allegiance, Oath of Office, and Oath of Secrecy to resume his tenure as the 29th Mayor of Kumasi.
The new Mayor of Kumasi has, since October 12, 2021, fully assumed office with the handing over of the administration and management of the KMA, and by extension the Kumasi Metropolis, to him by Osei Assibey Antwi, the immediate past Mayor of Kumasi.
The new KMA boss has noted that the task ahead was enormous, but gave the assurance that with the cooperation of assembly members, he would hit the ground running and work hard to actualise the vision of the President and champion the development of Kumasi.
Until his appointment last September, Sam Pyne had been the Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) since 2010.
Samuel Pyne hails from Afigya Kyekyewere in the Ashanti Region, where he served as an elected Assembly Member of the then Afigya Sekyere District Assembly, from 2006 to 2008, during which period he was the Convener of the Social Services Sub–Committee. He also served as the Convener of the Environmental Sub-Committee of the Assembly in 2006.
This experience was after he had a stint as Assembly Member for Aowin Suaman District in 1989.
He was subsequently elected Regional Secretary of the New Patriotic Party in the Ashanti Region in 2010, a position he held until his nomination by the president last September.
Sam Pyne is a professional teacher, having trained as such at the Wesley College of Education in Kumasi, where he was the Entertainment Prefect, from 1994 to 1995.
He had his Secondary Education at Saint Augustine’s College at Cape Coast in the Central Region.
His last place of work as a teacher was at the Anglican Senior High School (KASS) in Kumasi, where he taught English Language.
The new KMA Mayor has a rich experience in local governance and politics, which is heightened by his interest and expertise in Public Administration.
Mr. Samuel Pyne holds an M.A. in Local Government Administration and Organisation (LGAO) from the Local Government Institute in Accra. He also holds M.A. in Governance and Sustainable Development (GDS) from the Institute of Development Studies at the University of Cape Coast, and a Bachelor of Education in English Education from the University of Education, Winneba.
Mr. Pyne has served and continues to serve on boards, council’s and associations.
He is a Board Member of the Kumasi Abattoir Company Limited from 2018 to date.
He was the Chairman of the Search Committee of Saint Louis College of Education in January, 2021, and serves as Council Member, Saint Louis College of Education, from 2019 to date.
Mr. Sam Pyne is a Member, Ghana National Association of Teachers (GNAT).
He is a Director of the Adutwumwaa Foundation, a non-governmental organisation(NGO), and once served as a Lecturer (English Education) at the University of Cape Coast (UCC).
He has served as Campaign Committee Member of the New Patriotic Party (Ashanti Region) for 2012, 2016 and 2020.
He is a Member of the National Council, National and Regional Communication teams, and National Training Team of the New Patriotic Party since 2010.
Sam Pyne has also been a Member of the Regional Training Team since 2004, and served as a Ward Secretary (NPP) –Old Tafo Suame Constituency, from 1992 to 1998, after which he became the Polling Station Chairman,Suame Constituency, from 1998 to 2010.
Trainings, Workshops and Conferences
Sam Pyne participated in the Annual Conferences Forum for Democratic Change in Uganda in 2017, and embarked on a development path suitable to National Conditions the Chinese experience (the Communist Party of China Beijing in October, 2019), and served as
Secretary for the Publicity, Research and Information Management (PRIM) in the Ashanti Region.
He was also exposed to Best Practices in Corporate Governance by the Ministry of Finance in December 2019, and also experienced Functions, Roles, Good Practices: Colleges of Education (N.C.T.E 2019) and Political Communication (Conservative Party United Kingdom –2016).
From Teacher Pyne to Mayor Pyne
By dint of hard work and perseverance, Teacher Pyne has proved to be an asset to the NPP, and thus moved on over the years in humility to become Honourable Pyne as an Assembly Member and Executive Committee Member of the Afigya Kwabre District Assembly, from 2008 to 2010, and now the new Mayor of Kumasi, a city with a population of 3,490,030, from the position of Ashanti Regional Secretary of the ruling New Patriotic Party.
Sam Pyne is married to Faustina Acheampong and has three children.
He likes football, movies, music and reading.