Government through the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, has suspended the Municipal Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi, Abdul Mumin Issah from office.
In a press statement issued on Friday, Mr. Dan Botwe stated that: “On the instructions of the President, the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly, Mr. Abdul Mumin Issah has been suspended from office with immediate effect pending an inquiry into his encounter with the Police on February 3, 2022.”
This comes after the MCE was arrested on Thursday and charged on three counts of Assault of a public officer, offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace and disturbing the peace in a public place contrary to Sections 205, 207 and 298, respectively, of the Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960, Act 29.
On Friday morning, Abdul Mumin Issah was put before the Takoradi Circuit Court ‘A’. He pleaded not guilty to the three charges levelled against him.
At the end of proceedings, he was granted a GH¢100,000 self-recognisance bail with three sureties. The case was adjourned to March 17, 2022.
According to Mr. Dan Botwe, “without prejudice to the matter now before the court, Government takes a very dim view of the comments made by the Metropolitan Chief Executive during his exchanges with the Police.”
The Minister indicated that the comments made by the Chief Executive “run contrary to the Government’s belief and work to ensure that our Security Agencies and indeed, Public Agencies are resourced, empowered and accorded the respect to deliver on their mandates.”
In the interim, the Western Regional Minister, Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah has been asked to assume responsibilities over the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly.