…As ‘KB’ blasts assembly members
Some Assembly members of the Tema Metropolitan Assembly last Friday apologized profusely for hiding behind politics to show disrespect for Mr. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah, the Member of Parliament for Tema West and Deputy Minister of Trade and Industry.
Oheneba Nana Konadu Dei, Assembly Member for Dzata – Bu Electoral area, on behalf of concerned Assembly members of Tema, in an interview with journalists at the Assembly after a successful meeting, which was chaired by the Presiding Member, Richard Fiadomor, said “The deputy Minister of Trade and MP for Tema West has sharpened our understanding of the truth and since it is part of human nature to make a mistake, we should not have over-reacted to embarrass him and cause disaffection for our own NPP government, we apologize and it is our strong hope that whatever happened will not happen again, we are happy that the suspension tag hanging on his neck has been removed because he was not given a fair hearing.”
Felix Mensah Nii Annang-La, Mayor of Tema, at the General Assembly meeting to revoke the decision to suspend Mr. Ahenkorah for six months, also apologized for what happened and added that he was not present when the decision to suspend Mr. Ahenkorah was taken.
After deliberations, the Hon. Member for Kaiser Electoral Area, Nana Yaw Danso, advised the Assembly to refer the matter back to the PRCC, which gave recommendation for the suspension. Hon. Richard Fiadomor, the Presiding Member, wanted to know from Hon. Oscar Asante, a legal practitioner, who is also a government appointee, which terminology he should use, but the legal practitioner ended up using different words to paraphrase what the presiding member wanted to know.
Hon. Agyemang Prempeh, a Government appointee and NADMO Coordinator for Greater Accra, who had earlier on appealed to honourable members to support the idea of taking a second look at the MP’s suspension because of the special appeal by the Mayor, urged the Assembly to encourage all the civil servants who fell victim to also lodge their complaints.
The MP for Tema Central, Kofi Brako, who is popularly known as K.B, on his part, accused Assembly Members of spreading containers or illegal structures around, but his comment did not go down well with some Assembly Members.
An executive member of Tema East NDC, Stephen Ashitey Adjei, who is popularly known as ‘Mo-Shake,’ who was also present in the public gallery, said “I am not a lawyer but from what I saw and heard, the General Assembly has ordered that Hon. Carlos Kingsley Ahenkorah be “tried de-novo.” De-novo is the recommended terminology in legal circles meaning to start afresh. In fact, it is tantamount to the comment made by Hon. Nana Yaw Danso of Kaiser Electoral Area.
“It is unfortunate that the MP for Tema Central, Hon. Kofi Brako, insinuated on the floor of the Assembly that Assembly members of the Tema metropolis have lowered Assembly’s standards by spreading containers around without showing any material evidence to prove it, I will urge Hon. Members to forgive him because, to err is human and to forgive is divine.” Moshake advised.
He added: “The problem between the TMA and the Hardworking MP for Tema West could have been avoided if the MCE had consulted lawyer Abraham Ossei-Aidooh, a former majority leader and Minister for Parliamentary Affairs, and other leading of the NPP in Tema. This petty issue shouldn’t have occupied time.”
Finally, the General Assembly agreed on Hon. Nana Yaw Danso’s advice for the matter to go back to sender (Public Relations and Complaints Committee).
A fierce popularity contest by the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Members of Parliament in Tema, who have prioritized re-election in 2020 over development, has led to a dog-eat-dog game of thrones that is inhibiting development.
In an interview with journalists, Dr. Nii Adjei Akraku II, the Paramount Chief of Tema, said President Akufo-Addo must stamp out popularity contests in Tema East and Tema West that have turned the Mayor of Tema, Felix Mensah Nii Annang–La, into a whipping boy.
“The Mayor and the Tema Metropolitan Assembly are being wrongfully blamed as incompetent or lacking the political will to evict illegal squatters and encroachers in various part of Tema; the truth is that the Mayor is being frustrated by the MPs here,” Tema Mantse said.
Nii Tema said if the President does not rise up and stamp out the unhealthy popularity contest, the MPs will rob Tema of development in order to shore up political support for themselves.
He lamented on last Thursday’s upheaval in Community 2, which saw the MP for Tema West Carlos Ahenkorah, lead illegal squatters to resist demolitions of unauthorized structures by the TMA, as direct result of the popularity contests in Tema.
Carlos Ahenkorah, who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Trade and Industry, led the resistance against the demolition because those affected are supposedly strong members of the support base of NPP in Tema West.
Mr. Ahenkorah is of the opinion that since the Akufo-Addo government has not yet provided promised jobs to those affected, mainly squatters who do small-time trading in those illegal structures, it is politically unwise to evict them.
But the TMA had moved to carry out the demolitions at the Cocoa Village, because COCOBOD has stopped paying property rates to the TMA over the Cocoa Village in protest to the TMA’s refusal to clear off squatters from the frontage of the village.
The Tema Metropolitan Assembly (TMA), acting on the powers bestowed on it by the Local Government Act, has handed a six-month suspension to Carlos Ahenkorah, Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West, on the charge of contempt of the Assembly.
The Local Government Act, 2016, Act 936, Sections 222 (1) (a), (b) and (c) and 223 (1) (a) empowers Metropolitan, Municipal and Districts Assemblies (MMDAs) to cite for contempt anybody who tries to obstruct or impede a member of the Assembly from executing his/her official duties.
Act 936, Section 221 (1) (a) (b) and (c), state in part: That an act which (a) obstructs or impedes a District Assembly in the performance of its functions, (b) obstructs or impedes a member or officer of the District Assembly in the discharge of official duties, (c) affronts the dignity of the District Assembly, shall be contempt of the District Assembly.
Section 223 (1) (a) states in part: “A person who (a) willfully obstructs a member of District Assembly in the execution of the duties of the member, commits an offence and is liable on summary conviction to a fine of not less than Twelve penalty units and not more than 25 penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than one month or to both the fine and the term of imprisonment.”
Source: therepublicnewsonline.com/Stan Adotey