President Akufo-Addo reinstates MCE who ‘threatened’ policeman

Source The Ghana Report

President Nana Akufo-Addo has reinstated the suspended Metropolitan Chief Executive(MCE) for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly, Abdul Mumin Issah.

He was reinstated after the President approved recommendations by the Western Regional Coordinating Council.

In a letter dated 30 August 2022 to the Western Regional Minister, the Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Dan Botwe, confirmed Mr. Issah’s reinstatement.

“I wish to inform you that H. E. the President of the Republic, in response to recommendations made by the Western Regional Coordinating Council, has given approval for the reinstatement of Mr. Abdul Mumin Issah as the Metropolitan Chief Executive for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly”.

The letter requested the Regional Minister to hand over the administration of the Assembly to the MCE.

Read the full letter below:


Why was the MCE suspended?

On 4 February 2022, the Sekondi-Takoradi MCE, Abdul-Mumin Issah, was suspended following his alleged assault on a police officer.

The government, through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, issued the directive.

“On the instructions of the President, the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly, Abdul Mumin Issah, has been suspended from office with immediate effect pending an inquiry into his encounter with the police on 3 February 2022,” the statement said.

Mr. Issah is said to have committed a motor traffic offence and verbally assaulted the officer conducting a lawful duty.

The MCE was charged with three counts — assault of a public officer and offensive conduct conducive to breaches of peace and disturbing the peace in a public place contrary to Sections 205, 207 and 298, respectively, of the Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960, Act 29.

Additionally, he faced a charge of dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of Act 683 of 2004 as amended by Act 761 of 2008.

He pleaded not guilty to the charges and was granted GHC100K bail with three sureties when he appeared before the Sekondi-Takoradi Circuit Court.

The MCE, who was driving a Toyota Land-cruiser with registration number GE 5615-20, is alleged to have driven dangerously and carelessly while approaching a police snap checkpoint at the Kwasimintsim Cemetery on Wednesday, 2 February 2022.

When one of the police officers on duty attempted to stop him, he was heard raining insults on the said officer, who is an inspector.

He vowed to have the said officer transferred to another region.

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