Senin, 11 Maret 2013


 Members of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) have disassociated themselves from media reports that seek to describe the Accra Mayor, Mr Alfred Okoi Vanderpuije, as a dictator.

It had recently been reported in the media that the assembly members have given the Mayor up to the end of March 28, 2013 to implement the decisions of the general assembly or face sanctions.

The report went further to state that at the last General Assembly Meeting of the AMA on February 5, 2013, all members present at the meeting resolved that all decisions taken by the General Assembly from the year 2010 to 2013, which have not been implemented, should be implemented before the next General Assembly meeting scheduled for March 27,2013.

The memorandum, which was signed by the Presiding Member, Mr Desmond Nii Addo-Binney, was copied to the Chief of Staff, the Director of the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) and the Greater Accra Regional Minister.

The ultimatum stated in part; “According to members, your actions and inactions for the four years in office have retarded the progress and development of the city,hence the resolution.”

It further stated that some members have recognised that all decisions of the assembly have been ignored by the Mayor,Dr Vanderpuije,who rather goes about demolishing properties which do not affect any planned development in the city of Accra.

“The members mentioned your action in the city as a dictator and a one-man show and members are not happy with your actions in the city. They see you as only causing financial loss to the AMA with your demolishing acts,” the statement added.

Mr Addo-Binney wrote in conclusion, “I have, therefore, been directed by the General Assembly to draw your attention to the resolution because they realised that you intentionally absent yourself from the meetings to avoid embarrassment by the members.”

“I therefore want to draw your attention to the resolution and then advise that you take action on the decisions before the next meeting to avoid any sanction against you by the General Assembly.”

However, Mr Adjebu Lamptey, who spoke on behalf of the assembly members at press conference on Monday March 4, 2013, denied giving an ultimatum to the Mayor on the said date, adding he, Mr Addo-Binney, should not allow his ambition to contest the Metro Chief Executive this year to cloud his judgement.

He,however, found the actions of the presiding member as irresponsible and uncalled for, adding he, the presiding member, should render an apology to members.

“We also find your assertion that the MCE has acted as a dictator, very gratuitous, unappreciative, and without merit, since the MCE has from the onset of his Assembly implemented all policies, programmes, activities with the concurrent approval and authority of the assembly,” he explained.

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