The immediate past Municipal Chief Executive of the Ejisu Juaben municipality in the Ashanti Region, Kweku Afrifa Yamoah Ponko, has questioned the administrative decision to make public the letter asking him to step aside.
Ponko, whose four-year tenure as MCE came to an end July 5 said he learnt of the circulation of the letter through his wife who lives outside the country.
“It was my wife who sent me the letter via Whatsapp. I was surprised it was handled that way.
“I know the individual who circulated the letter is from my office… the Regional Minister has started investigations into the matter to ring him to book.
“I don’t think administratively it was a wise thing to do. He may have done it out of hatred for me… definitely he wouldn’t go unpunished… the processes there will let the rules apply on him.”
Kasapafmonline.com has in its possession, the said letter dated July 8, 2015, and signed by Minister of Local Government and Rural Development, Collins Dauda, asking the Regional Coordinating Council chaired by the Regional Minister, Peter Anarfi, to take over the running of the Municipal until a new appointment is made.
Vice President Amissah Arthur, Chief of Staff Julius Debrah, and Secretary to the President were all copied in the letter.
The decision is on the heels of series of protests in the area, asking the president to sack Ponko, insisting his four-year tenure had run out.
Ponko was confirmed as MCE on May 29, 2011, by the late John Evans Atta Mills-led government.
His reign over the past four years has been marred with countless agitations due to his leadership style, which the ruling Party’s support base in the area say is appalling.
This week, calls for him to go grew wild but he hit back saying they were petty, adding the President was the only one well placed to ask him to go.