8 Arrested Over DCE Murder  

KILLED! Peter Kojo Kenyenso
Eight people have been arrested in connection with the gruesome murder of Peter Kojo Kenyenso, the Nkwanta South District Chief Executive (DCE), in the Volta Region Monday evening.

The Regional Police Commander, DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae, told DAILY GUIDE yesterday that eight suspects had been arrested in connection with the assassination of the DCE.

The deceased DCE, whose corpse is currently at the morgue of the Volta Regional Hospital, was confirmed to have been shot dead by unknown assailant in his vehicle at about 8:00 pm at his residence.

The gunman allegedly opened fire on him after he (DCE) had returned to the residency from town where he had gone to buy bread and was looking for his phone in the car.

DCOP Peterkin Yentumi Gyinae disclosed that there was calm at Nkwanta and its environs.

Esther Kenyenso
No reason had been assigned for the murder but report suggests that the eight suspects were said to have written a petition to the Volta Regional Minister a few weeks ago, calling on President John Mahama to remove the DCE from office because he was meddling in land issues.

Currently, about 120 police officers have been dispatched from various units at Ho, Hohoe, Kete Krachi and Accra, to maintain law and order following the sinister attack.

There is also a military detachment from Kpassa and Ho to ensure there is maximum security in the area.

The Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adjoa Ntoso, who is also the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), assured residents and the public that all was calm and that the police and the military were on top of their job and so there was no cause for alarm.

She added that the area has enjoyed relative peace over the period and that investigations are yet to come out with full details.

Residents are in shock over the callous shooting of the DCE.

DCEs In Fear
Following the callous murder of Kojo Kenyenso, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MDCEs) in the region have expressed fear for their lives.

This concern also comes after the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area, Gershon Kofi Bediako Gbediame, had expressed a similar sentiment when he spoke to some TV and radio stations yesterday.

He said that there was no known cause behind the shooting of Kenyenso and that he (Gbediame) might fall victim to the same perpetrators if he visited the town immediately.

Speaking at a hurriedly organised press conference yesterday, the Dean of the MDCEs in the Volta Region, Michael Kobla Adjaho, on behalf of his colleagues, expressed shock over the incident and commiserated with the bereaved family, particularly the widow and the children.

“While we mourn his death we wish to condemn this cowardly act that is creating a sense of insecurity in the area,” he stated.

“It is our wish that security men leave no stone unturned in the attempt to arrest the culprits,” he added.

He however stressed that many of his colleagues ‘are not safe’ and that their security was in a balance.  This was corroborated by almost all the MDCEs who attended the press conference.

The DCE for Central Tongu, Mary Agbenyenu, lamented, ‘We are not safe…I for instance my residence is in the middle of the jungle where I don’t even have a fence wall and the security man is an old man.’

She therefore claimed that she comes to work at will, saying that the newly employed security person had stopped reporting to duty due to none payment of wages.

The DCE for North Dayi, Stephen Timinka, also stated that he lives in an isolated place and the closest house is an uncompleted building which is over 500 meters away.

Mr Adjaho, on behalf of his colleagues, therefore pleaded with President John Mahama through the Volta Regional Minister, to consider providing them with adequate security.

DCE’s Death  
An eyewitness (name withheld), who is the aide of the DCE, told DAILY GUIDE that on that fateful night, he was in the house when his boss returned from town and called him to bring a flash light for him to search the vehicle as he (DCE) could not find one of his phones.

As they were looking for the phone, the aide said he was on the driver’s side of the vehicle while the DCE was at the passenger’s front seat. All of a sudden, he maintained, they heard a gunshot which made him fall flat in his attempt to take cover. The aide said he stood up and rushed to the passenger’s side only to find his boss, who they popularly referred to as ‘Chief’, lying in a pool of blood.

He and a nephew of the DCE quickly called for help and he (DCE) was sent to the St Joseph’s Hospital but he didn’t survive.

Assembly Staff Desert Offices
Reports from Nkwanta indicated that the entire area was in a state of awe making the otherwise busy town very dormant.

The precincts of the district assembly were so dull that many of the staff did not do any active work except weep and chat with colleagues. Others also abandoned their offices entirely.

Some youth who were also unhappy about the incident were also seen picketing at the Nkwanta Police Station.

Peter Kojo Kenyenso became DCE a year ago after his predecessor, Joseph Ninkab, was fired over several allegations of mismanagement and misappropriation of funds.

Kenyenso was known for exposing corruption perpetrated by some unscrupulous staff of the assembly who allegedly diverted fertilizer worth GH¢72,000 meant for the Savanna Accelerated Development Authority (SADA) project in the district.

Mr Kenyenso, who was also the Chief Executive Officer of KKEP Micro Security Systems and Micro Office Supplies, was married with three kids. The widow is Esther Kenyenso.

 From Fred Duodu, Ho ( [email protected] )

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