To promote unity and development in governance I think it will be in the best interest of the Akufo-Addo-led government to allow Members of Parliament to play a role in the selection of Metropolitan, Municipal, and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs).
Allowing Members of Parliament to select, endorse and recommend people for appointment as MMDCEs in consultation with the party is the surest way to sustain unity and promote development in the government of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
This opinion I believe is also held by some political analysts.
Besides, some elected MPs have accepted the fact that in order to deepen unity in the party and promote development in their constituencies, they must be consulted and their views sought in the selection process.
It’s been an open secret that every appointed DCE wants to become a Member of Parliament so they work out all modalities to make the MPs unpopular in a bid to win the hearts of the constituents to oust their MPs during party primaries.
Some intentionally delay projects in their districts when they are not in good terms with their MP just to lay the blame on them for being inefficient.
In the just-ended 2020 general elections, many Members of Parliament on the ticket of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) lost their seats because of some altercations they had with their MMDCEs.
This could affect the fortunes of the party in 2024 if it is not handled professionally and technically.
In a bid to halt the unnecessary tensions and competitions between MPs and MMDCEs, there is a need for the party to allow the Members of Parliament to select or recommend persons they are comfortable with to be appointed as MMDCEs.
They should be allowed to select their own people for appointment.
These will be people they can work with, people they are comfortable dealing with, and people who will not sabotage their work.
Again, the people they select will be people who will work with them to promote the development and the progress of the party in the districts and the constituencies.
In my interactions with some MP-elects, they indicated that when MMDCEs are appointed without consultation or approval, it does not promote unity in the party since the appointees feel they are not accountable to them.
It is for these reasons that the President, Nana Akufo-Addo and the NPP party must consider a new path for selction.