Mr Abdul-Mumin Issah, Metropolitan Chief Executive (MCE) of the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly (STMA) in the Western Region has admitted proceeding on his suspension as stated by the Ministry of Local Government, Decentralisation and Rural Development (MLGDRD), over the alleged misconduct of assaulting a police officer who confronted him for dangerous driving.
The MCE who said this in a press statement said he was accordingly informed of the President’s decision to suspend him from office as the MCE for the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolitan Assembly following the unfortunate incident that ensued between him and a police officer at a check-point close to the Takoradi Cemetery on the night of Wednesday, February 2, 2022.
However, he was convinced that in the fullness of time, the real truth surrounding the unfortunate incident will prevail and expressed the optimism that it was not over until it was all over.
“I am convinced that in the fullness of time, the real truth surrounding that unfortunate incident will prevail. God Bless Sekondi-Takoradi, God Bless Ghana…I am not oblivious of the fact that it is not over until it is all over”, the phrase in his statement reads.
He was grateful to his family and all well-wishers who stood by him through the difficult moments and assured the general public, especially the good people of Sekondi-Takoradi of his highest cooperation with the Police Administration for successful prosecution and determination of the case.
He was also grateful to the President, “As I proceed on my suspension, I first wish to express my gratitude to H.E. the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo for his fatherly love and the opportunity to serve in his government.”
Mr Issah extended his appreciation to the Minister of Local Government, Decentralization and Rural Development, Mr Daniel Botwe and the Western Regional Minister, Mr Kwabena Okyere Darko-Mensah for their various advice and support during the last two days.
He further thanked his colleague Metropolitan, Municipal and District Chief Executives (MMDCEs), the Presiding Member, Coordinating Director, Assembly Members, the Solicitor and the entire staff of STMA for their unflinching solidarity during this period.
The MCE was said to have challenged the orders of the police inspector while conducting his duty, raining insults on him and threatening to make sure that the said police officer was transferred to Enchi, which is in the Western North Region and far from Takoradi.
The incident happened when the police were doing a routine snap-check at 8:30 pm around the Kwesimintsim Cemetery when the Mayor was said to be in his white Toyota Land Cruiser vehicle with registration number GE 5615-20 decided to bypass the traffic of cars waiting to go through the snap-checks.
The MCE was arraigned at the Takoradi Habour Circuit Court A presided over by His Worship, Michael Kwadwoe Ampadu by the Western Regional Police Command for the same offence where he was granted a GH¢100,000 bail with three (3) sureties after being charged for allegedly assaulting a police officer who confronted him for dangerous driving.
He was charged on three (3) counts of Assault of a public officer, Offensive conduct conducive to breaches of the peace, and disturbing the peace in a public place contrary to Sections 205, 207, and 298 respectively, of the Criminal and Other Offences Act of 1960, Act 29.
He was also charged for dangerous driving contrary to Section 1 of Act 683 of 2004 as amended by Act 761 of 2008 and to reappear before the Court on March 17, 2022.
Editor’s note: To eat humble pie means to admit that one was wrong or accept that one has been defeated. To eat humble pie (1830) is from umble pie (the 1640s), pie made from umbles “edible inner parts of an animal” (especially deer), considered a low-class food. The similar sense of similar-sounding words (the “h” of humble (adj.) was not then pronounced) converged to make the pun.
How do you describe humble pie? To be forced to apologize humbly; suffer humiliation as in “He had to eat humble pie and publicly admit his error.”