Tain DCE Banished

The District Chief Executive (DCE) of Tain in the Brong-Ahafo Region, Jones Samuel Tawiah, has been banished from Nsawkaw, the district capital, by the youth of the town.

The beleaguered DCE has in effect, been stopped from performing his official duties in the district assembly where his office has been sealed off by the youth.

DAILY GUIDE can confirm that the DCE has also been forced out of his official residence at Nsawkaw and as at press time yesterday his whereabouts could not be established.

The youth of Tain yesterday staged a serious demonstration against the DCE; stormed his office and locked it up.

They warned him not to come back to Nsawkaw again, threatening that there would be bloodshed if he returned to the town, and declaring him a fugitive of the area.

The spokesperson for the irate youth, Samuel Fosu Gyan, who spoke to the media, said that until the DCE was removed by the president, the youth would not rest.

According to the Nsawkaw youth, the DCE had shown gross disrespect to the chiefs and people of the town and thereby denigrating the district capital.

They explained that prior to Ghana’s 58 th  independence anniversary celebration last Friday, the people of Nsawkaw got wind of a move by Mr, Jones Samuel Tawiah to push the district celebrations to Seikwa, his hometown.

When the youth questioned him about the speculation, he purportedly snubbed them and went on air and allegedly made some disparaging statement to the effect that Nsawkaw is a village and so does not deserve to be the district capital; and that Seikwa is more developed than the district capital, and therefore deserved to host the independence parade.

On the day of the anniversary, 6 th  March, the youth stormed the residence of the DCE in the early hours and held him hostage, but later released him. This prevented the district from marking the 58 th milestone.

According to reports, the following day, 7 th  March, the Regional Minister, Eric Opoku, attempted to resolve the impasse between the DCE and the chiefs of Nsawkaw, during which the DCE was made to come out publicly to withdraw his earlier statement and apologize to the people.

However, the youth insisted that he must vacate his office and appealed to President Mahama to sack him immediately to forestall any mayhem in the district.

It would be recalled that angry youth of the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) in Banda, a sister district, in August last year, chased out the then DCE, Alex Bonsu, from office.

Mr. Bonsu narrowly escaped death as his party youth attempted to lynch him and pursued him into the bush. He had his official vehicle and office vandalized and later given the sack by the president.

FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani

Email:  fredttet@yahoo.com

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