An entrepreneur in Kumasi has expressed optimism that given the nod as the Metropolitan Chief Executive of Kumasi, the nominee, Mr Kwadwo Bonsu, will not repeat the mistakes created by other chief executives.
According to Mr Charles Bruce-Appiah, the Chief Executive Officer of Trade Link Agency Limited, some of the past MCEs were disrespectful and conducted business within the metropolis in an arrogant manner while others allowed structures to be put up indiscriminately, thereby making the metropolitan city which was once a Garden City, lose its shine.
Others, Mr Bruce-Appiah said, were also in for their personal aggrandisement at the expense of the entire people's welfare.
These negative tendencies, he stressed, made the governments they were representing to lose the respect of the masses.
Whilst not doubting the credentials of the MCE nominee, Mr Bruce-Appiah stressed that, "I’m aware Mr Kojo Bonsu is one of the powerful policy makers in the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and I am hoping that given the nod, he will bring on board pragmatic and meaningful development programmes to help accelerate the growth of the metropolis.”
Mr Bruce- Appiah described Mr Kwadwo Bonsu as a business development-oriented person who has international reputation and contacts with many mayors across the globe, and added that this would help him to rebuild the Garden City.
Mr Kojo Bonsu was last week nominated by the President, John Dramani Mahama as the Chief Executive for KMA, but his fate is yet to be determined by members of the assembly.
Meanwhile, Kwame Asare Boadu reports that the group of NDC foot soldiers who protested against the nomination of Mr Kojo Bonsu as the Metropolitan Chief Executive for Kumasi has now decided to throw its full weight behind him to ensure that he succeeds in his new position.
The foot soldiers said having critically examined the private and public life of Mr Bonsu, they had no doubt that he was the right person for the KMA seat currently.
The group issued a statement to that effect after the Ashanti regional minister had met them to explain the need to respect the nomination, since it was made solely by the President.
Last Tuesday, some foot soldiers drove the regional party executive from their offices at Asafo and locked the doors, claiming that they influenced the nomination of Mr Bonsu.
It took the intervention of the Regional Minister, Mr Eric Opoku, to calm tempers.
After explaining matters to the group, they agreed to reopen the offices.
In their statement, the foot soldiers said Mr Bonsu was a true party man who had contributed to the vibrancy of the party.
“As someone who has committed his energy and resources to the party, he deserves the position to which the President has nominated him,” the statement mentioned.
The foot solders said they would work hard to ensure that Mr Bonsu received the approval from the assembly.
Besides that, everything that was needed to be done to ensure that he led the development of Kumasi successfully would be done by them.
They apologised to the nominee for any harm done to his reputation through their act, promising that it would never happen again as he prepared to take up his seat at the KMA.
Story: Nana Yaw Barimah