The Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Hon. Dan Kwaku Botwe has said the rejection of some government nominees for the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executive positions (MMDCEs) does not come as a surprise to him.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Kwame Adinkrah on Kumasi-based Pure FM monitored by MyNewsGh.com, Hon. Dan Botwe explained that the local government structure demands that not less than two-thirds of the assembly members must approve of the nomination of one for the role as stipulated in the constitution so if one is duly rejected, it isn’t surprising to him but mere respect for the procedure.
He however indicated that President Akufo-Addo reserves the right to reappoint a rejected nominee as many times as the President wants and he cautioned assembly members to not undermine the processes through various demands and blackmailing tactics which translates into corruption.
“Kwame, I’m not surprised some of the nominees are being rejected. The Act demands that not less than two-thirds must be confirmed at the Assembly level. It’s in the constitution.
However, the Government reserves the right to employ various measures based on the model’s standing order. The President can renominate the person as many times as the President wants.
These are all in the model standing orders of the Local Government Act 2016.”
“The Assembly Members must be aware that their duty and functions are to serve the community as stipulated in the Local Government Act 2016 so as the DCEs functions are stated in Act 936.
You can’t go around undermining the processes and maybe demanding money or any form of benefit in exchange before you approve a nominee. You can’t do that. It amounts to corruption.
Act 936 section 36 and 37 gives the President the power to initiate investigations and enforce sanctions on district assembly if these suspected allegations are proven.
Kwame, we will not sit aloof and watch things deteriorate at the assemblies. We will deeply respect the rules but we will not sit down and watch for corruption to fester at the local government level.” He stated on Pure FM.
The government last week released a list of MMDCEs nominees for the various assemblies.
Processes for confirmation of the nominees have begun at the assembly levels with a number of them being rejected so far.
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