Traditional authorities in the Afigya Sekyere East district have called on President Nana Akufo-Addo to revoke the nomination of Mary Boatemaa as District Chief Executive (DCE).
Protests greeted the announcement of Ms Boatemaa’s nomination last week, with several youth of Effiduase, the district capital, hitting the streets and threatening to vandalise property.
Speaking in an interview on Accra100.5FM’s Ghana Yensom on Wednesday May 3, Effiduase Kontihene Nana Baffour Nimfuor told host CJ Forson that the chiefs had to intervene to forestall violence by the youth and had assured them that they would take up the matter with the President.
The chief, who disclosed that Ms Boatemaa’s reputation in the district was “not the best” said the DCE nominee was not on the list of persons whose names were submitted for chief executive, only for her to be seen with the other aspirants on vetting day and subsequently being named for the role.
“So all the noise here is because they [Effiduase youth] are unhappy about it… but we have asked the young men and women to be patient because of Effiduase’s tag as a violent community, while assuring them we would speak to the president on the nomination,” he explained.
“That was what made us [chiefs] come out yesterday [Tuesday] to say that the nomination of the lady be withdrawn so a probe is conducted into how she was picked for vetting as well as her conduct in other matters before the assembly votes on her.”
The Kontihene, on behalf of the chiefs in the area, has therefore, asked Mr Akufo-Addo to withdraw the nomination of Ms Boatemaa before the assembly meets on Friday May 5 to vote to confirm or reject her nomination as DCE. In his view, Ms Boatemaa was “not competent” for the position to which she had been appointed.