Concerned Assembly Members within the Sekyere East District Assembly in the Ashanti region have issued a rejoinder following a ‘Vote of no confidence’ in their District Chief Executive, Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo.

Some selected Assembly Members, numbering about 16 wanted their DCE removed from office over glaring “incompetence” and “corruption”.

But in a statement to clarify the issue, the concerned Assembly Members said the allegations raised against their DEC were false, fabricated and contemptuous. According to them, it only sought to tarnish the highly won reputation of the DCE.

"Despite our surprise at the tone and the intent of the statement, our fears have been confirmed
about the possibility of tarnishing the highly won reputation of the District Chief Executive (Hon.
Mary Boatemaa Marfo). We consider the allegations raised as false, fabricated and contemptuous", the statement read.

It said, "Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo has been receiving a lot of defamation and character assassination
from some enviable men from the District who do not believe in the can-do spirit of a woman."

The concerned Assembly Members believe that; it is wicked plans and strategies intended to divert attention from the good works that the DCE has been executing for the good people of Sekyere East District.

Below is the full statement:

RE: SEKYERE EAST ASSEMBLY MEMBERS SET TO PASS “VOTE OF NO
CONFIDENCE’IN’CORRUPT’ DCE

We, the concerned Assembly Members, read with shock and regret a statement written by some
few selected Assembly Members in a title “Request for a meeting to Pass Vote of No Confidence”
which was published on peacefmonline and other media houses on 1st April, 2019.

Despite our surprise at the tone and the intent of the statement, our fears have been confirmed
about the possibility of tarnishing the highly won reputation of the District Chief Executive (Hon.
Mary Boatemaa Marfo). We consider the allegations raised as false, fabricated and contemptuous.

Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo has been receiving a lot of defamation and character assassination
from some enviable men from the District who do not believe in the can-do spirit of a woman. We
consider this as one of the wicked plans and strategies intended to divert her attention from the
good works she has been executing for the good people of Sekyere East District. There are
uncountable number of projects that the Hon. District Chief Executive has executed within this
short term of two (2) years.

Construction of 20-seater Aqua Privy Toilet at Brofoyedru, Construction of 2-unit water closet
Toilet at Effiduasi, construction of 2-unit water closet Toilet at Asokore, Construction of Asokore
Market, Construction of Steel footbridge at Asokore, Construction of 3-unit classroom block at
Okaikrom, Renovation of DCD and District Magistrate bungalows, Rehabilitation of District Fire
Service Station, Construction of CHPS Compound, Drilling and Mechanization of Bore hole at
Ahinsan, Construction of 3-unit classroom block at Mahinso, Construction of 3-unit classroom
block at Motokrodua, Drilling and Mechanization of 3 boreholes at Okaikrom, Asokore and
Akuakrom, Construction of 3-classroom block at Odurokrom, Construction of 3-unit classroom
block at Apemso, Construction of Effiduasi to Tetekaso Road, Construction of Asokore to Ahinsan
Road, Furnishing of CHPS Compounds at Ntumkumso and Motokrodua, Construction of District
Warehouse, Construction of youth training Centre for BAC, District wide Refuse Evacuation,
Drilling and Mechanizing of Boreholes at Asokore South, Effiduasi South and Effiduasi Zongo
and many more.

A lot of projects are ongoing and others have been initiated by our hardworking, selfless DistrictChief Executive. She believes in the vision of H.E President Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo.

We would therefore want to state on record that, Sekyere East District has never experienced such
tremendous infrastructural projects and development until Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo assumed
office. This has made the Queen mothers of these two major towns held a press conference to
debunk the allegations raised against the District Chief Executive. Nana Abena Konadu, Queen
mother of Effiduasi and Nana Obaa Yaa Abraku, Omanhemaa of Asokore in their Press conference
on 3rd April 2019 stated emphatically that, The D.C.E deserves commendation of her good
performance. They also called on the President, H.E Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo to ignore
all the false allegations raised on the unifier, Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo.
For the purposes of record and clarity, we would like to throw light on some of the fabricated
stories raised in their statement published on peacefmonline on 1st April, 2019;

1. SCHOOL FEEDING MALFEASANCE
We would like to debunk this false allegation. The office of District Chief Executive is a very high
office that people cannot base on their selfish interest and emotions to connive with other party
executives to just put things together to deceive the general public. We live in an era of facts and
records. There has never been any internal or external audit report to back this claim. The District
Chief Executive has no business in engaging in this devilish act. The District has received a high
turnout and smooth running of this social intervention. The evidence is clear for all and sundry to
verify.

2. PROJECTS NOT PASSING THROUGH THE PROPER PROCEDURE
Per their statement, the only project that was cited under this false allegation was the evacuation
of District Refuse of the tune of Five hundred and thirty thousand Ghana Cedis (530,000). We
would like to bring to the public notice that, this evacuation was done in Nine highly tonned Refuse
Sites in the District. As Law abiding District Chief Executive, a committee has been instituted to
look into this project. It is very surprising that, the decision for this committee was unanimously
agreed by all Assembly members, yet section of us have chosen this path as a way of bringing the
name of the district into disrepute. It is also very important to note that, because of the
circumstances that surround the project, Payment has been withheld and we can say on authority
that, the contractor despite completing the work since 2017, has not been yet paid until due
diligence of proper procedure made. However, the objectives of this project can never be
underestimated. There was a massive cry out from Nananom and our dear people of the district as
matter of urgency evacuate these high refuse dumps. After the completion of the work, the
Assembly has been commended by the Opinion leaders and Nananom of the District including
some of us whose areas were part of the selected area. It is a pity to find Hon. Mercy Awuah’s
signature among the members who signed for this allegation. It is imperative to note that, her area
was one of the major sites that the evacuation was done.

3. PWD COMMON FUND DISBURSEMENT
The DCE has never and cannot unilateral buy items and distribute to PWD without following the
recommendations from the appropriate committees. We treat this as contempt, false statement and
created just to distract her vision for the district.

4. INFLATION OF CONTRACT SUM
We wish to condemn this barbaric claim. This clearly shows that, some of our colleagues at the
Assembly needs to be oriented on procurement processes. Under no circumstance can District
Chief Executive inflate contract with her own power. Such act has never occurred at Sekyere East
District Assembly and we appeal to the general public to treat this as false. We therefore wish to
see any attached audit report backing this false claim.

5. PAYMENT OF NON-EXISTING PRODUCT(S)
Value for money has been the slogan for this noble District Chief Executive. This claim pushed us
to verify from the procurement office of the Assembly and to our dismay, we found out that every
single product purchased has receipt and passes through a system that is directly linked to Ministry
of Finance for purpose of Scrutiny and Accountability.

6. THE DCE’S DOES NOT HAVE THE INTEREST OF THE ASSEMBLY
MEMBERS AT HEART
This is the fundamental or the KEY reason why all these stories have been fabricated to deceive
the general public and also tarnish the image of the Hon. DCE.
We want to place on record that, Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo has been the most sensitive DCE
on the welfare of Assembly Members. It is not surprising that Hon. Adjei Baafi Emmanuel,
the Ntumkumso and the Presiding Member of the Assembly named his daughter after this
industrious woman of our time after financially supporting him throughout his campaign of
becoming the Presiding Member. Today, this same person is conniving with other party
executives to disgrace and say all manner of things to disgrace the DCE.
The District Chief Executive upon assuming office realized that, if she can efficiently run the
Assembly, she will need the support of all the Assembly Members. She then decided to procure
motor bikes for the Assembly Members to help facilitate their work at their electoral areas. In
April 2018, Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo bought twenty six (26) brand new Royal Motors and
distributed 26 to all the Assembly Members, 2 to District Police Service and One (1) to the
District Fire Service Station. Despite, the official ban on District Chief Executives purchasing
motor bikes for their members, this woman put her career on line and went ahead to buy them
because of the love and commitment she has for the honorable members. We are the same
Assembly Members who sang praises and glorious songs to cheer the DCE for her bold
decision.

Today, Government has procured new set of motor bikes to be distributed for which the money
will be deducted from the Assembly’s Common Fund. The Regional Minister has therefore
issued a statement that, it would be very economical and prudential for every Assembly who
has formerly procured motor bikes to hold on with the distribution of this new ones to the same
Assembly Members. The idea was that, there is an upcoming Assembly Members’ election
and the newly elected ones will also have to be given motor bikes. So after the election, these
new ones from the government can be distributed in order to save the Assembly from financial
lose.These directives was received and the District Chief Executive has no authority to
circumvent the minister’s directive.
These Assembly Members out of greed insisted to get all these two (2) motor bikes within this
short period of one year at the expense of new ones who will be elected coming few months.
So they are of the view that, if the District Chief Executive will not ignore the Regional
Minister’s directive and give motor bikes out, then lies and contemptuous statements will be
made to tarnish her image and follow on with impeachment process.
To our Surprise, the Presiding Member (Hon. Adjei Baafi Emmanuel) whom the said
request was made for him to follow the impeachment process was among the 16 members who
signed for the removal of the DCE. It is however unlawful for a presiding member to sign to
show his bias position and at the same time position himself as the referee for such
impeachment process. It has therefore confirmed the rumours and hidden agenda that the
Presiding Member whom through Hon. Mary’s support got to that position, stabbing at her
back to overthrow her to become the new DCE of Sekyere East District. It has also come to
our notice that, the Presiding Member made some of the Assembly Members sign without
letting them know the content. No wonder most of the members who signed has rescind their
decision after the content came to the public notice.
If Parliamentarians cannot receive two (2) vehicles within a term of office, why should they
instigate Assembly members to receive two (2) motor bikes within a term.
We want to bring to the attention of the general public that, the District Chief Executive of
Sekyere East District Assembly, Hon. Mary Boatemaa Marfo has never engaged in any
unlawful act. All the allegations raised against her are false and therefore we warn the greedy
and selfish people in the District to be circumspect in their reportage. We, the concerned
Assembly Members of the District pledge our unflinching support for the Hon. DCE. We also
thank the President for appointing such a committed and hardworking District Chief Executive
for the District.

LONG LIVE SEKYERE EAST DISTRICT
LONG LIVE ASHANTI REGION
LONG LIVE GHANA
Convenors:

Hon. Dennis Asenso
( Assembly Member, Senchi Electoral Area)
0242222947

Hon. Eric Adjei
(Assembly Member, Asokore West Electoral Area)
0558100381

Source: Ghanaguardian.com