The leader and founder of All People’s Congress (APC), Dr. Hassan Ayariga, has called on President Akufo-Addo to sack the Municipal Chief Executive of Ga East, Hon. Janet Tulasi Mensah from her post because of misconduct towards people under her jurisdiction.
Mr. Ayariga alleged that the MCE together with the Municipal Coordinating Director, Mr. Josuah Adams and supported by Capt. Yaw Adu Adjei of the Ghana Armed Forces, have demolished private properties of innocent Ghanaians in the municipality without valid court order.
He made the call at a press conference organized by affected persons of the demolition to register their displeasure for the inhuman behaviour and attitude of the MCE towards them.
According to him, the joint military and police team present beat and threatened to kill anyone who took pictures.
He stated that the manner in which the demolition was carried out by the assembly under the supervision of the MCE is clear abuse of political power and witch hunting.
“The fact that one does not belong to the ruling party should not render us persona non grata. We are citizens. The MCE is not on top of issues in her jurisdiction.”
He said, “What crime has citizens who bought parcels of land to put up residences to secure themselves committed? Who compensates us? This is very strange.”
He added that no reasons or pre notices were given to the affected people including himself by the MCE.
“We want to remind Hon. Janet Mensah that the mandate of the Assembly is not to discourage development or use the Assembly for personal demolition exercises.”
“The Assembly’s mandate is to encourage development and issue permits for developmental purposes.”
According to Dr. Ayariga, the MCE carried out a selective demolition exercise by claiming some lands were protocol lands.
“Member of the Ga East Assembly, Nii Odai Tettey and Kwame Johnson Komyafe who sold out Government lands to some of the developers and equally issued out permits to them, surprisingly led the team to demolish those structures again.” “What an irony. Assembly members are engaged in selling of Government lands to friends and relatives with impunity.”
The MCE and the Assembly, he said, have engaged in illegalities but have found it convenient to demolish targeted properties.
The behaviour of the MCE, Dr. Ayariga stated, is a clear violation of the mandate and constitution of the Assembly.
He called on the Defence Minister to investigate and call to book all the military personnel who were deployed to harass and intimidate landlords and landladies, since his military men were used as land guards.
He urged the Interior Minister to also sanction the police officers who were also used as land guards in the exercise.
He appealed for the immediate dissolution of the current Municipal Security Council and a new one formed with independent minded members who have experience in managing security matters.
By Kwame Atuapim