Claims 24 DCEs were fired due to Bawumia’s performance in their areas, untrue – Dan Botwe


The Minister for Local Government and Rural Decentralisation, Dan Botwe, has refuted allegations that the dismissal of 24 District Chief Executives was based on the performance of Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia in their respective areas.

Minister Botwe dismissed the claims as entirely false and urged Ghanaians not to entertain such notions.

In an interview with Asaase Radio on Monday, February 5, the Okere Member of Parliament emphasised that the election results of the New Patriotic Party’s presidential election in the various districts are available for anyone to reference before making any such insinuations.

Read also: Akufo-Addo revokes appointment of 24 DCEs with immediate effectHe asserted that the President has the prerogative to reshuffle his government without providing reasons to anyone.

Nevertheless, he explained that the decision to dismiss the District Chief Executives was in line with President Akufo-Addo’s aspiration to create a formidable team to advance the government’s agenda.

Read also: Akufo-Addo appoints 26 new DCEs to replace 24 others who were sacked

“In all the 275 constituencies that the primaries were held, the figures are there, the Electoral Commission and media has the figures, so one will have to rank them from the least to see whether this supports those assertions [reports],” he said.

“It is totally false …” Botwe added.

On Friday, February 2, the President revoked the appointments of 24 District Chief Executives (DCEs) nationwide, without providing specific reasons for the revocation.

However, in a letter hours later, the President announced the announcement of 26 new DCEs to replace those who had been sacked.

The appointment letter signed on Saturday, February 3, said, the appointment is “pending their approval by their respective assemblies.”

Following this, there have been speculations, as suggested by some reports, that the dismissals occurred in areas where the 2024 presidential candidate, Mahamudu Bawumia, performed poorly in the party’s primaries last year.


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