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Palace Coup in Tamale

2008-06-17 23:21:11
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Mohammed Amin
The Tamale Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE), Mohammed Adam Amin-Anta, has once again come face-to-face with some angry members of his administration, who are currently warming up to pass a vote of no confidence in him.

This is the fourth time, within two years, that the assembly members have expressed their discontent over the administrative, and personal conduct of Mr. Amin-Anta, and have thus threaten to impeach him.

The members have set June 23, this year, as the day for the impeachment.

The aggrieved assembly members, in a resolution signed by 26 of them, asserted that the MCE had failed to regard, or respect them as members of the assembly.

They also asserted that the Tamale Mayor had failed to ensure the frequent organization of assembly meetings, to offer a platform for the assembly members to present the views and concerns of their electorate for redress.

The assembly, according to the honourable members, had never met since January 2008.

They accused the MCE of travelling to Miami, in the United States of America, with funds from the assembly, without accounting for it, or even informing them of the journey.

The assembly members, again, accused the MCE of unjustifiably abandoning some developmental projects, especially Common Fund projects his predecessors initiated within their electoral areas.

Other issues raised by the embattled assembly members, include lack of revenue generation, leading to financial crisis of the assembly, unfair distribution of relief items for the April 21 2007 disaster victims, humiliation of some assembly members by the MCE's bodyguard and the military arrest and brutality on one assemblyman, in the presence of the MCE, without him intervening for his release, and the inaccessibility of the MCE.

Responding to the resolution by the assembly members, Mr. Amin-Anta, at an emergency press conference, stated that the issues raised on the resolution, completely fell short of the truth, and only exposed the pettiness of some assembly members, as well as a misunderstanding of their roles.

He described his impending impeachment, as "a coup" by the members against him.

He explained that passing of a vote of no confidence, was always preceded by a petition, and could only become a resolution, only after a vote was conducted on it, and the chief executive copied, and as well a hearing given him through a committee of the assembly. A resolution is then passed and vote of no confidence follows.

Mr. Amin-Anta, who completely rubbished almost all the issues raised on the assembly members resolution, said he was not even given a copy, not given a hearing and neither was he given a notice about the emergency meeting, which passed the resolution, nor invited to partake in it, as the rules demanded.

According to him, it was not also true that the assembly had not met for six months, saying, the last executive committee meeting, which he personally chaired, was in February this year, and the next meeting fixed for June 25th.

The MCE rebuked them saying that his job was not to only sit in his office for the members to visit him, but to represent the assembly at various official and other social gatherings, within and outside the metropolis.

According to him, he was assisted by other officers, including four coordinating directors, who could equally address some of their concerns.


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