The recent termination of appointment of 13 Municipal and District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) in four (4) regions of Ghana by President John Evans Atta Mills has not only left most arrogant and non-performing district chief executives in the Northern Region with wavering fate, but has also sparked up excessive fear and panic among them.
Bearing in mind that there are still more Cabinet reshuffling and sacking of DCEs to be effected by the President anytime soon, the DCEs including those known to be arrogant and unfriendly to the Press, are now making series of phone calls asking Journalists for information about their fates in the next reshuffle, while others are also moving from one media house to another seeking for projective stories about them and their districts.
What seem to have aggravated the fears of the DCEs are the incessant agitations, attacks, petitions and demonstrations by National Democratic Congress (NDC) foot-soldiers and aggrieved constituency executives, which rampaging always attract the quick attention of the President.
So far, about six DCEs (names withheld) have tried to verify from this reporter whether he has had any information about when the next sacking list would come out and whether they would possibly be affected.
Several encounters have also been experienced by other Journalists. However, there are other DCEs who have been outstanding in their respective District and have therefore won the support and sympathy of their Chiefs, opinion leaders and the foot-soldiers.
It would be recalled that, President John Evans Atta Mills in early this year 2011 reshuffled 10 of his team of ministers, moving embattled Attorney-General Betty Mould-Iddrissu to the Education Ministry and was replaced by Mr. Martin Amidu, who was the Interior Minister.
Just after the Ministerial reshuffle, the President went ahead to fire 13 Municipal and District Chief Executives including Mr. Kwadwo Addae of Sekyere East, Mr. Victor Amponsah of Offinso South Municipality, Mr. Jacob Kofi Dankwah of Sekyere Afram Plains and Mr. Mohammed Boakye Agyemang of Ejisu-Juabeng Municipal all in Ashanti Region.
The rest were Mr. Felix Obeng-Forson of Agona West Municipal and Mr. John Oremus Arko of Agona East in Central region, Mr. Fleance Danso of Asunafo South and Mr. Dominic Yaw Owusu-Amoako of Tano North in Brong Ahafo and in Eastern Region were Mr. Napolean Amoako Asiamah, Birim North, Mr. G. Osei Bonsu Twum of Akuapem South, Mr. Seth Otchere of West Akim Municipal, Mr. Charles Evans Apraku of Kwahu North and Mr. George Agyemang Dua of Kwaebibirem.
Conversely, President Mills in the first quarter of 2010 also succumbed to the demands of rampaging foot-soldiers of the NDC and sacked a Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) and two District Chief Executives (DCEs) in the Northern Region who have been under siege for the past one month.
The affected chief executives included Yendi MCE, Mahama Adama Walvis Hudu, Hajia Mavis Meriga Bawa, DCE for the Bunkpurgu-Yunyoo District Assembly where the local NDC chairman was shot in the stomach over internal party wrangling, and Alhaji Mohamadu Abdulai Sandow, DCE for the Karaga District Assembly, where NDC foot-soldiers nearly lynched a number of journalists invited by the DCE to cover his programmes.
The President's action was met with serious criticisms since it was at variance with his earlier pronouncements that he would not kowtow to the demands of irate foot-soldiers who were calling for the heads of the appointees.
Meanwhile, the Regent of Tolon in the Northern Region, Major Retired Sulemana Abubakari has advised President Mills not to spare the rod on Ministers of State and District Chief Executives whose demeanours sought to soiling his integrity, and affecting the implementation of the better Ghana agenda he had promised Ghanaians.
Describing some of the Ministers and the DCEs as “Sycophants and opportunists” who were full of arrogance and pride, but were performing far below expectations, the Tolon Regent further advised the President not to be afraid in showing those disappointed government functionaries “the red card”.
Speaking a Durbar organized in Tolon by the Information Services Department as part of its nationwide campaign on the 2011 Budget and Economic Statement, Major Sulemana maintained that “God in his own wisdom made Prof Mills the President of this Republic, for which reason he should not be afraid to call the spade a spade by disappointing those opportunists around his to achieve his vision for this nation”.