A local governance expert and District Chief Executive (DCE) for Sekyere Central District of the Ashanti Region Ebenezer Akuoku Frimpong has stated that the powers of President John Dramani Mahama have been curtailed.
He indicates that the president per the 1992 constitution is the only mandated person to hire and fire persons who serve in his government, noting that the pressures brought on him by Asanteman Traditional Council leading to the resignation of the mayor of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Mr Kojo Bonsu defeats this purpose.
“This will not augur well for the local governance system. It is only the president who can hire and fire. The president is the appointing authority. The powers of the president are being curtailed here”, he said.
According to him, traditional authorities wield some form of power following the indirect rule system of governance but noted that such powers have somehow been curtailed in the post colonial era.
Speaking on the Ultimate Breakfast Show hosted by Lantam Papanko, he underscored the significance of traditional authorities indicating that they must be consulted at a large extent in the local governance system.
“They play a pivotal role in governance bearing in mind they wield power before the advent of the Whiteman. Even though you are appointed by the president, you need to take their views into consideration in the day-to-day running of your administration”, he stated.
The DCE urged government appointees to make it a duty in consulting traditional authorities on issues of land, budget and developmental projects in their area of authority but warned they must not necessarily consult them before taking executive decisions.
“Traditional authorities perform traditional duties and are custodians of the land. MMDCEs on the other hand are also expected by the law to be act and execute executive decisions. If a representative of the traditional authority was appointed to join a committee it is not out of order”, he emphasized.