Kojo Bonsu resigns as KMA Boss

KOJO BONSU,KMA CHIEF EXECUTIVE (7)The Kumasi Metropolitan Chief Executive, (MCE) Kojo Bonsu, has resigned from his post following pressure from the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC).

In a letter dated July 12, 2016 and signed by the MCE, he said “ I conveyed my resignation as the Chief Executive of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to the President of the Republic of Ghana, John Dramani Mahama”.

“I want to express my profound gratitude once again to the President for giving me an opportunity to serve our dear country”.

“I also want to  express my appreciation to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, chiefs of the KTC, as a well as staff of the KMA and the people of Kumasi for their support and cooperation during my tenure,” the letter stated.

The letter added that, “I am happy at the strides made in the area of peace and development as well as the enduring legacy recorded during the period. I wish the government well and I will continue to give my best to ensure the re-election of President John Mahama in the upcoming elections”.

The KTC which is under the leadership of the Asantehene, severed ties with Mr. Bonsu and gave one week ultimatum to President Mahama to sack him or they would advise themselves.

He was summoned to the KTC over accusations that he disrespected the authority of the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II.

It followed a complaint lodged with the council by the Amoamanhene, Nana Agyin Boateng, over a letter the MCE wrote to him questioning his status on the Kejetia Central Market Re-development Board.

The chief complained that Mr. Bonsu allegedly deleted Nana Boateng’s name from the Board when he was aware that the Amoamanhene was appointed by the Asantehene as his representative on the project.

Mr. Bonsu was reported to have taken ill and was unable to appear before the council which was chaired, on behalf of the Asantehene, by Akyeamfuo Kwame Akowua, Otumfuo’s Akwamuhene,

Rather the Ashanti Regional Minister, Alexander Ackon, the Regional Chairman of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), Yaw Obimpe and some party executive, represented Mr. Bonsu.

Mr. Ackon pleaded with the council to adjourn the matter for two weeks to enable Mr. Bonsu to appear in person, but the council declined.

According to the council, it had summoned Mr. Bonsu severally but he failed to appear before it and each time gave excuses.

The Council further accused Mr. Bonsu of preventing the Akyempimhene, Adusei Poku, from boarding the same vehicle with the Earl of Wessex, Prince Edward, from the Kumasi Airport to the Manhyia Palace when the British royal visited the Asantehene recently.

The chiefs alleged that Mr. Bonsu had side lined them when it came to the undertaking of the developmental projects in the city.
Kingsley E. Hope, Kumasi


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