Minister, MCE Fight Over Speech

The rift between the Deputy Minister of Education, Alex Kyeremeh and the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Techiman South, Philip Oppong Asamoah, was heightened during the 58 th  Independence anniversary celebrations as the two challenged each other over who had the right to address the parade.

Insiders hinted DAILY GUIDE that the deputy minister, who doubles as the MP for Techiman North and former MCE for the Techiman Municipal Assembly, was excluded from the programme line-up of personalities to address the parade.

A development Mr. Alex Kyeremeh did not take kindly to, and vented his anger on the MCE for masterminding the move. The minister then insisted that he should be allowed to address the parade.

However, the MCE called his (minister’s) bluff, indicating that he (MCE) was the right person to speak since he was representing the president in the municipality. But after a lengthy argument, the deputy minister had his way and finally had his name included in the list of speakers.

Mr. Kyeremeh surprisingly left the parade grounds immediately after delivering his speech, while the event was still underway.

The controversy raged on as supporters of the two key political figures in the municipality clashed at the parade grounds.

The fight between Kwadwo Adjei aka Kojo Cocaine, a popular NDC activist in the area and Gabriel Attipoe aka Commander, who reportedly confessed of being hired by the deputy minister to spray acid on an activist of the NPP some time ago, was said to be the extension of the rivalry between the minister and the MCE.

Insiders told DAILY GUIDE that the woes of the MCE began with his perceived link with Elizabeth Ofosu-Adjare, Minister for Tourism, Culture and Creative Arts, who is said to be lasing up her boots to contest the Techiman North parliamentary seat in the 2016 elections.

According to some NDC members, Mr. Kyeremeh sees all those connected to the tourism minister as his enemies because he considers Mrs. Ofosu-Adjare as a major threat to his political future.

Not long ago, the deputy education minister was said to have gone on air charging the residents of Techiman to look for the whereabouts of their MCE because he was needed to attend a stakeholders’ meeting at the time the MCE had travelled with the tourism minister outside the country.

Insiders said the MCE had lost touch with the party executives as most of the constituency executives were on the side of the deputy minister – a development that made angry party faithful lock up the NDC constituency offices last week.

The cold war between the MP (deputy education minister) and the MCE is said to have impacted negatively on the development of Techiman as some of the assembly’s vehicles were recently confiscated by the court following the actions and inactions of the two personalities.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani


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