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13 July 2016

Kojo Bonsu resignation points to faulty governance system – Franklin Cudjoe

President of Policy think tank Imani Ghana, Franklin CudjoeHead of think tank, IMANI Centre for Policy and Education, says the resignation of Kumasi Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, is an example of the limitations of Ghana’s governance system.

Franklin Cudjoe believes had the Kumasi Municipal Chief Executive been elected, it would have been difficult for him to bow to pressure to step down.

He said the current faulty decentralised governance system “can produce a perfect gentleman, an action-oriented person like Kojo Bonsu but at the same time the system can frustrate his records.”

Mayor-Kojo-Bonsu

Kojo Bonsu

Kojo Bonsu resigned Tuesday following several calls by the Kumasi Traditional Council for his removal over allegations of disregard to their authority.

The relationship between the Council and Mr Bonsu went sour after he wrote to the local Government Minister questioning the locus of the Chief of Amoaman, Nana Agyenim Boateng to set up a committee to supervise the construction of the Kejetia Market Project.

His resignation letter failed to provide reasons for the decision to step down.

But Mr Cudjoe’s assessment of the situation is simple.

“This is essentially a clash with officialdom within a certain precinct where customs matter,” the founding President of IMANI Ghana said.

Mr Cudjoe has suggested the President to bring Mr Kojo Bonsu to Accra to replace Mr Alfred Oko Vanderpuije.

He believes Mr Bonsu would do a better job than the current Accra Mayor.

 

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