Atebubu Amanting MCE lacks Respect - Amanting Chiefs

The chiefs and elders of Amantin Traditional Area in the Brong-Ahafo region have described the Municipal Chief Executive for Atebubu/Amantin, Hon Edward Owusu  as ''stubborn" and lacks respect for traditional authority.

Speaking to after a press conference organized in Amantin, Nana Osei Poku, krontihene of Amantin traditional council said, the MCE has continually disregard traditional protocols in the area due to his lack of respect for authority.

He alleged, that the MCE has failed to involve them in the governance process of the area and even turned down their request to meet him and dialogue on issues pertaining to development in the district.

An irate mob mainly the youth on friday attacked a team of revenue collectors from the Atebubu-Amantin municipal assembly led by the Municipal Chief Executive Hon. Edward Owusu.

The team had visited Amantin to collect revenue due the assembly as part of a wider revenue mobilization effort currently underway in in the municipality.

The exercise is said to have started smoothly until the MCE and his team were invited to the chief’s palace for some discussion after which the team was met by the stone-throwing mob.

The MCE who according to reports was the target of the mob action, escaped unhurt but his official vehicle a Nissan Patrol with registration number GN 2270-11 had its front windscreen dented with a side and rear screens completely shattered and no arrest have been made so far.

Addressing the issue, Nana Osei Poku, Kontihene of Amantin said, the people chased him away not because they don't want to pay taxes but the collection of the levies is alien to them due to lack of communication from the Municipal assembly.

He added that, shop owners in the area were never informed about this new tax collections, the MCE just walked into the town with heavy security presence and started closing shops of defaulters, this he said angered the youth.

He opined that, for such an initiative to go on, proper consultations should be made and inform them of the modalities of payment and what they stand to gain at the end of the exercise.

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