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Ashanti Minister appointed as acting KMA boss

John Alexander Ackon, Ag Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly Chief Executive

President John Dramani Mahama has appointed the Ashanti regional minister, John Alexander Ackon, as the acting Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Chief Executive until a substantive person is appointed.

His appointment took effect from last Tuesday, August 2, 2016.

The regional minister has, subsequently, had his first formal engagement with workers and key stakeholders as he charts a new course to unite the fragmented assembly.

He was officially introduced to workers by the Regional Coordinating Director, Kofi Dwomoah Asubonteng, in a friendly atmosphere as he called for a concerted effort to continue with the developmental projects started by the immediate past CEO, Kojo Bonsu.

The affable minister said he brings on the table an open door policy where the views of each assembly member matters in prosecuting the Kumasi developmental agenda.   

For now, the assembly members are adopting a wait and see attitude to gauge the activities of the minister in his dealing with them before reacting.

However, per the body language of most of the members, he appears to be the best stop-gap person to hold the fort ahead of a substantive CEO.

His main challenge though, is to cajole the two opposing groups in the assembly who have their entrenched positions on who becomes the next Presiding Member (PM) of the assembly.

The two contesting PMs are Kofi Senya, the immediate past PM whose followers are perceived to be against Kojo Bonsu and the Adumhene, Nana Agyei Kesse, who is alleged to be on the side of Mr Bonsu.

So far, four elections to elect a PM has been held but neither of the contestants has managed the required two-third majority.