- The suspended DCE has been given another top-level job
- Government yet to release details of investigations of his actions after the mob-killing of Major Mahama
The suspended District Chief Executive of Denkyira-Obuasi, Daniel Appianin has been made the Deputy Director General of the Ghana Maritime Authority. Appianin was suspended in the wake of the infamous mob killing of Major Mahama in the area.
Although details do not exist as to when he was appointed, his photo is on the Authority's website.
According to sources within the Authority, this is the first time a deputy has been appointed to assist the director general. The Ghana Maritime Authority was established in 2002 under the John Kuffuor government.
During preliminary investigations in the death of Major Mahama, President Akufo-Addo suspended Appianin. His initial statements on the matter even attracted criticism and it drew the attention of the Vice-President.
The veep Dr Mahamudu Bawumia even promised that Appianin's comments were going to be investigated.
Appianin had mentioned to the media that he was unaware of the presence of Major Mahama's infantry in his district. Many found this untenable since at that level of governance, the DCE was to be informed of any such military operations.
The Minister of Local Government, Hajia Alima Mahama then proceeded to announce the suspension of Appianin. Deputy Central Regional Minister Thomas Agyei Baffuor was appointed to act in Appianin's stead.
May 29, 2018 marked a year of the death of Major Maxwell Mahama. The suspects arrested by government are facing prosecution in court. However, the details on the investigation of the then DCE are not known to the general public.
Daniel Appianin is a teacher by profession. He was overwhelmingly elected by the Denkyira-Obuasi district assembly after the New Patriotic Party gained power in 2017.
The Ghana Maritime Authority was established to monitor, regulate and coordinate activities in the maritime industry.
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