The minister designate in charge of local government, Hajia Alima Mahama has justified the abrupt termination of contracts of all metropolitan, municipal and district executives (MMDCEs).
Answering questions over the termination of contracts, the MP for Nalerigu-Gambaga, revealed that she was asked by the president to carry out that task in accordance with the constitution and the provisions in the transitional act.
“In the constitution, Article 58(1) says the executive authority of Ghana shall be vested in the president and shall be exercised in accordance with the provision of this constitution. Then it goes to Article 58(3), which states that subject to the provisions of this constitution, the functions conferred on the president by clause 1of this article maybe exercised by him either directly or through officers subordinate to him. This is what the constitution says… And once again as you have alluded, the transitional provisions 14(1) say on the assumption of office, those persons specified in the schedule will cease to hold office and it goes further to say in 14(2) that the functions of office of a person who ceases to hold office under sub section 1 shall be performed by a person so appointed by the president for the period specified in writing by the president,” she argued.