President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, has finally appointed 212 Chief Executives (MMDCEs) to head the various Metropolitan, Municipal and District Assemblies in the ten regions of the country.
This was announced by the Minister for Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama in Accra today being Wednesday, 26th April, 2017. Speaking on behalf of the President, the Minister called for calm among party members and support for the nominees.
The President had earlier appointed the Chief Executives for four Metropolitan Assemblies in the country which are the Accra, Tamale, Kumasi, and Sekondi/Takoradi Metropolitan Assemblies.
The need to appoint new MMDCEs arose after the president following his inauguration, revoked the appointment of all Chief Executives who served under the immediate past government of the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
Protests over Akufo-Addo’s Appointments
There have also been violent protests in some parts of the country over the appointment of the MMDCEs for varying reasons. At Zebilla district in Bawku West Constituency of the Upper East Region, some supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) on Tuesday evening, vandalized their party office and some departmental offices over the alleged appointment of one Victoria Ayamba as the District Chief Executive for the area.
The protester complained that Patrick Ayamba, a businessman and an Assembly Member for Teshie, a suburb of Zebilla, is their best pick for the position. They therefore vowed to resist the appointment of any other person by the President.
Also at Elubu in the Jomoro Constituency of the Western Region, some youth of the area accused their MP. Paul Essien of deceit. According to the angry youths, MP Essien had promised to ensure that their preferred candidate gets nominated. However, the Jomoro MP denied the claim, saying he never made such promise to his constituents.
MMDCEs to be Elected by the People from 2018
Nana Akufo-Addo prior to his election as president, had promise, that Ghanaians will start electing their Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives by themselves under his leadership. The President after his inauguration assured that the practice will take effect as from 2018.
Role of MMDCEs
MMDCEs are saddled with the responsibility of overseeing the grass root affairs of the 216 districts in the country. With the support of their various District Coordinators and Constituency Members of Parliament, they see that the needs of the people are taken care of from a closer range.
Below are lists of the newly appointed MMDCEs according to region.