President Nana Akufo-Addo has said it will be unfair for members of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to reject his mayor nominee Sam Pyne over past debts of the Assembly.
The assembly members, according to presiding member Stephen Ofori, have threatened to reject Mr Pyne if the Assembly’s GHS50 million debt is not cleared.
However, President Akufo-Addo told Pure FM in Kumasi on Monday, 4 October 2021 that using the debt to hold Mr Pyne to ransom will be unfair.
The president said the “mayor-nominee didn’t bring the cost at the assembly”.
“They shouldn’t make him a victim of the past”, he noted.
In the president’s view, “they should approve him so we can bring a solution to these so-called debts”.
“We’ve seen it in several areas. When he comes, we’ll look into it to ascertain the veracity of the debts and find a solution to it”, the president added.
He urged the assembly members not to “hold up Kumasi executives because of the past”.
“That is not the way to go about it”, he advised, insisting: “The proper way to go about it is: after they approve him, they demand of him to bring a solution”.
The Kumasi High Court granted an order to FREDCO FD Company Limited, a subcontractor of the KMA, to sell the Assembly’s administration block to defray the GHS 50 million judgment debt.