The tussle between Members of Parliament of opposition parties and heads of districts and municipalities in which they find their constituencies will continue to haunt the country’s local government until a lasting solution is found.
Municipal or District Chief Executives (M/DCEs) are appointed by the government in power as per the current regulation though calls are rife for a change to get them undergo election.
Even in constituencies where the MP has his or her party in government, tension rises to high levels because perception is that M/DCEs eye the positions of the MPs, usually challenging them in primaries.
The situation got to a head in the Effutu Municipality after an incumbent MP was headbutted in the office of the MCE for demanding funds to help constituents.
Narrating the incident on TV3, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, MP for Effutu Constituency in the Central Region, said he had reports that the MCE had received the district assembly’s common fund but was not ready to disburse it.
He said he went to the DCE’s office to get the money to buy some gadgets to aid constituents in their work.
He said the DCE threatened to beat him if he didn’t leave his office.
“He then headbutted me in his office,” Mr Afenyo-Markin revealed.
“If I had punched him, he would have fallen and I would have been in prison,” he added, saying the DCE was a sexagenarian when the incident occurred.
“I quickly let it go.”
He asked for a change in Ghana’s local government bye-laws so that MPs can have a way of helping constituents, without recourse to MMDAs.