Tension is brewing at Tumu, the capital of the Sissala East District following the continuous delay by President John Mahama to nominate a District Chief Executive for the area.
Various political factions in the district, especially the Member of Parliament’s camp and a faction from the constituency executives are at each other’s throat with each fighting to have the DCE coming from their side.
Kale Ceaser, former Upper West Regional Minister, now a presidential staffer was nearly lynched in an attack by an irate NDC youth from the camp of the constituency executives last Saturday after reports emerged that he allegedly went to lobby assembly members to endorse the rejected presidential nominee, Moses Luri when he is re-elected.
The presidential staffer confirmed the attack to Citi News and said though the police were invited to the scene, no arrest was made.
Mr. Ceaser narrated his ordeal saying, “yes it’s true; they actually attacked me. At a point, I got out of my car and said they should kill me and one of them came and was trying to pull me down. I resisted and he used his hand to slap my right eye. I drove to one Abudu Gana’s place and they pursued me there apparently trying to kill me.”
Citi News sources at the Sissala East District Police Command disclosed that the incident compelled the District Security Council (DISEC) to convene an emergency meeting on Tuesday, 4th March 2014.
The Sissala East constituency organizer of the NDC, Mahama Razak told Citi News, the concerns of the constituency executives have been neglected for far too long by the president and some leading members of the NDC who want to force the rejected DCE on the district for their personal gains at expense of the district.
He said the district has been lagging behind in terms of development, adding “any attempt to force the rejected DCE on us will further aggravate the development challenges currently facing the district”.
The Sissala East district is the only one out of the eleven districts in the Upper West Region that has been without a DCE since the beginning of the Mahama-led administration.
Assembly members in October last year out rightly rejected Moses Bavia, the President’s nominee; a decision most people attributed to long standing disagreements between the MP of the area Alijata Sulemana and the constituency executives.
By: Mahama Latif/citifmonline.com/Ghana