Source: Savannanews24.com/ Hamza Lansah Lolly:
The Metropolitan Chief Executive of Tamale, Hon Iddrisu Musah Superior has dares members of the Assembly who petitioned to get him impeach under article 246, clause 3 (a) of the 1992 constitution to go ahead.
Mr. Musah Superior said, he is well prepared for any impeachment process and will subject himself according to the laws of the country.
Thirty three (33) members of the Assembly signed a petition seeking an impeachment of the hard working Tamale Mayor.
The petition among other things accused the Tamale Mayor of awarding contracts without to due process, disregarding and disrespecting Assembly members, taking and acting on serious issues without prior approval of the Assembly, lying to and with-holding information from honourable assembly members and the good people of Tamale Metropolis.
The petition also accused Mr. Musah Superior of mismanaging Assembly’s meager resources by paying his self-appointed personal assistants each of One thousand four hundred Ghana Cedis (GHS 1,400.00) per month, constituting and paying 61 members of non-functional task force which cost the Assembly Nine thousand one hundred and fifty Ghana Cedis a month (GHS 1,150.00) and acting very hostile to honourable Assembly members.
Responding the petition on his facebook wall, the young affable Tamale Mayor, Hon Iddrisu Musah Superior said, the allegations are palpable falsehood not worthy of honourable members of the Assembly.
He writes on his facebook wall:
I have read the petition by some of the Hon Assembly persons. I have noted also that they deliberated posted the petition on the social media for reasons known to them.
My response to the Petition are as follows:
First, it is absolutely FALSE that I do not respect them as they alleged in point one. I run an open office and work with everyone cordially. I tour Electoral Areas with them in my Connect with the communities tour. My information is that, this is the first time a Tamale MCE has worked so prominently in our communities. I am proud of my relationship with the grassroots.
Second, the allegation that I have awarded contracts without due process is completely untrue. Since I assumed office, I have awarded only four contracts and all of fall within my THRESHOLD of 125,000 as the Metropolitan Chief Executive. The Contracts are: refencing the Guunayili Cattle Market @ Ghc 106,000, Replacement of the weak wooden bridge with a metal one at Sanerigu-Dungu @ the cost of Ghc 79,534, clearing and removal of trees for the new Yam market at Gbabshe @ the cost of Ghc 72,000 and the paving of the durber ground at Banvim Lana’s palace @ the cost of Ghc, 93,541.
The petitioners stated also that, I pay my assistants Ghc 1400 per month. That’s a fact. The two hardworking gentlemen were duly recruited by the Assembly. One is my Executive Assistant and the other works with the Public Affairs Department as the Media Laison officer and doubles as my operations man. They do not only deserve to be paid, they deserve some respect by the Hon Assemblymen who contact them day in and out.
The petitioners also claimed that I recruited 61 persons as TAMA Taskforce and pays each a patty amount of 150 per month. I say without hesitation that I only recruited 40 individuals to augment the efforts of the 21 member taskforce who were hired by the previous administrations under Hon Friday and Hon Gundaadoo. The claim that the taskforce is unfunctional is palpable false. The people of Tamale now conduct their businesses in a more orderly and peaceful CBD. The entire CBD which was “encroached” by traders has been wholly decongested. The chaos and indiscipline are no more. Drivers, pedestrians, workers, banks and store owners now go about their activities without nuisance and hindrance. We have achieved all these because the Taskforce are diligent, professional, hardworking and committed to the job. The Hon Assembly persons must apologise to them for ridiculing them.
Other allegation in their baseless petition are that, I am hostile to them and that I take “serious decisions without informing them”. I can only respond to these if they come clear and provide explanations the nature of the hostility and decisions they claim I took without informing them.
Lastly, I reject their claim that I am “hiding information and lying to the people of Tamale”. I run an open, transparent and accessible office. Here on Facebook, I have consistently informed the people about my activities, etc. On our local radio stations, I have prominently engaged with the citizens. Between 5pm and 10pm, I run a surgery in my office and this has been hugely beneficial. Everyday, I meet hundreds of people as I walk around the Metropolis working for the people.
My conclusion is that, this petition is without merit. It is a propaganda piece to bring my good name into disrepute and to attempt to undermine my confidence. I am clear about what I am doing for the people and will continue to do the right things.
I have prepared myself adequately for the impeachment process. I will subject myself to our laws. I fear not the outcome! Tamale must work.
By: Hon Musah Iddrisu Superior, Mayor of Tamale