Benjamin Atta Obeng Boama and Iddrisu Yahya elected assembly members for the Adjei Peprah and Agogoso Electoral Areas respectively in the Suame Municipality, have accused the Municipal Chief Executive for dabbling in illegality.
The two claimed at a press conference on Tuesday morning that, Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, the Suame MCE, has been spending monies without recourse to the procedures for approval at the assembly.
“This attitude by the MCE is in variance to the Local Government law in Act 936 which stipulates that every action by the assembly should be done in strict adherence to established laws”, the two stated at the press conference.
Meanwhile, the two assemblymen have filed a statement of notice to the assembly and copied same to the MCE to respond to actions they deem are in contravention to the Local Government law.
But responding to the claims at his office, Ofosu Boakye said the allegations by the two assemblymen were “hollow and frivolous”.
“No action of mine has been done outside the law establishing this office and as enshrined in the Local Government Act”, Ofosu Boakye stated.
“I was confirmed as MCE in October by which time budget for 2022 had been drawn by my predecessor and since it needed approval, the Finance and Administration sub committees met and suggested a review of the budget subsequently”, the MCE explained.
He therefore confirmed that at a recent General Assembly meeting both the budget and review was approved by 24 out of the 26 Assembly members at the Suame Municipal Assembly, adding that the two abstained from voting.
Giving a background of the situation at the assembly since assuming office, the MCE said work has progressed smoothly.
He noted that despite not having a Presiding Member (PM) who is mandated to call for meetings the assembly has by its rules and conventions operated smoothly.
“By convention the assembly members by themselves can also convene a meeting to deliberate on any issue or matter they find necessary to discuss”, MCE intimated.
Ofosu Boakye therefore charged the two Assembly Members to use every legal avenue to address the issues they raised in their press conference, adding that the law backs him and the assembly in every sense of the word.
By Michael Ofosu-Afriyie