Story: Kwadwo OWUSU ADUOMI
Samuel Kwabena Pyne, Metropolitan Chief Executive nominee for Kumasi has been confirmed with fifty five (55) yes votes out of a possible 58.
Government appointees and Assembly members in the Kumasi metropolis voted yesterday to approve the President’s nominee.
He is now the new Metropolitan Chief Executive for Kumasi.
In four years, the KMA is said to owe its contractors and business allies over ¢50 million, a situation that has forced the Assembly to rely on common funds for payment for the past two years.
Speaking on Asempa FM which was monitored by Today, the presiding member of the Assembly, Stephen Ofori, said the Assembly’s indebtedness had significantly contributed to the underdevelopment of Kumasi.
In view of this, he threatened they would reject Mr Pyne if government failed to clear the debt which was swallowing the Assembly.
President Akufo-Addo urged members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) to withdraw its decision to reject his nominee for the MCE position, Sam Pyne.
According to the President, it will be unfair to make Mr Pyne “a victim of the past.”
His comment came after assembly members threatened “no individual will occupy the Kumasi Mayor position” until government pays off a ¢50 million debt the assembly owes.
The members indicated that the indebtedness had significantly contributed to the underdevelopment of Kumasi.