The Ashanti Regional branch of the governing New Patriotic Party (KMA) has refuted reports they are interfering in the operations of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA).
The Presiding member of the assembly Abraham Boadi had told the media that the NPP eixecutives have been impeding operations at the assembly with their incessant demands for contracts and circumvention of standard practices to favour them.
“We the assembly members are all aware of the happenings between the mayor of Kumasi Osei Assibey and the NPP regional executives. We will never allow the party to bully the mayor for doing the right thing. We are aware of what the regional minister and his camp are doing through the NADMO coordinator who doubles as first vice chairman of NPP,” he said.
He added, the assembly members will stop any attempt by the NPP executives to control operations of KMA.
“Assembly operates with local government act not political party’s interest therefore we will make sure the mayor operates in line with the local government act. We are solidly behind the mayor. Next week we will petition Otumfuo the life patron of KMA, and the President of the republic over the issue. In fact, our petition is ready we are just waiting for Otumfuo to arrive from his foreign trip,” he noted.
But reacting to the allegations in an interview with Henry Lord Morning show host of Ejura Sekyedumase based Naagyei 90.3 FM, the Regional Secretary of the party Sam Pyne said the allegations are baseless and should be treated with the contempt that it deserves.
“There’s absolutely no truth in claims made by the Presiding member, if someone has an issue with any NPP executive then that is their private issue, the party shouldn’t be dragged into that matter. When at all have the NPP regional executives interfered with programmes held by the KMA? There’s no truth in his accusations.
“As a political party it is our responsibility to ensure that the programmes and policies of President Akufo Addo is fully implemented and become successful. It is our duty to ensure that the MCE in Ejura does his work well so periodically, the Regional Minister, MMDCEs, and the party Regional Executives meet to think about how to move the country and the party forward. We assess the performance of the various appointees and say it like it is. But we don’t interfere in the day to day administration of their administration. The presiding member’s allegations are palpable falsehood,” Sam Payne fumed.