Some members of the Sekondi-Takoradi Assembly Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) are pleading with government and the good people of Ghana, particularly residents of Enchi, to find places in their hearts to forgive the suspended MCE, Abdul Mumin Issah, for his misconduct.
They have also appealed to the court to be lenient with him.
According to them, the circumstance leading to Mr Issah’s suspension was an accident which could have easily happened to anyone, regardless of his or her position in the society.
The assembly members say that although they were equally not happy with the MCE’s behaviour when the news broke out, they cannot be too hard on him since accidents are bound to happen, adding that “to err too is human and to forgive is divine”.
In a local radio interview on Friday, a spokesperson for the group, Michael K. Amenyadoku, who is the assembly member for Airport Ridge-Sawmill Electoral Area, stated that they had already started praying fervently for their MCE’s comeback.
He also declared their intention to officially petition President Akufo-Addo to reinstate the MCE to enable him serve his full term.
Mr Amenyadoku indicated that performance of the MCE can only be assessed after he had been reinstated to complete his tenure. While admitting that there are some lapses in his administration, he said this is not the right time to highlight such lapses.
“The scales have undoubtedly fallen off his eyes. When he comes back to office, we will sit him down and seriously talk to him,” he stressed
He added that residents in all electoral areas in the metropolis expect development, and the MCE’s suspension should never be a hindrance to their expectations.
He also cautioned technocrats and members of the assembly that posterity will never forgive them for hiding behind their jobs to engage in illegalities, stressing that everyone would render account of their stewardship to God one day.
Meanwhile, the suspended MCE has apologised to the chiefs and people of Enchi for dragging their name into his dispute with the police inspector, saying his reference to their area had no derogatory connotation.
Mr Mumin lssah was suspended from office with immediate effect over his alleged assault of a police officer.
The Minister of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development, Daniel Botwe, in a statement issued on Friday February 4 said an inquiry into his conduct had also begun.
“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,” the statement had said.
It had added: “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 statement said the comments by the Chief Executive ran contrary to the Government’s belief and work to ensure that the country’s security agencies and 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 assigned additional supervisory authority over the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly,” the statement had directed.