There seems to be some simmering tension between the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) and the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly in the Ashanti Region over the jurisdiction in which the Kumasi International Airport is situated.
The simmering tension between the two Assemblies, reached its crescendo when the newly endorsed Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) for Asokore Mampong, Kennedy Kamkam, warned the leadership of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly to desist from claiming ownership of the land on which the airport is situated in the region.
According to him, the land on which the airport is situated, is in the jurisdiction of the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly.
The former Member of Parliament (MP) for Nhyiaeso Constituency, Kennedy Kankam, was confirmed as the Municipal Chief Executive for Asokore Mampong in the Ashanti region.
He received an overwhelming affirmation of 100 percent of the votes cast.
All 22 of the 24 assembly members present for the voting exercise, went in favour of Mr Kankam.
Though the voting process was smooth from beginning to end, there was a heavy security presence at the premises of the new Assembly office complex.
Ironically after voting, the new MCE, barred his supporters from any form of jubilations, procession, or celebration after his confirmation.
The newly confirmed MCE, issued this warning to the KMA during his inaugural address to the Assembly Members after he was endorsed.
He further warned KMA to do well and desist from portraying themselves as owners of the said project situated in the jurisdiction of the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly.
The land on which the much -talked about Kumasi airport which is undergoing refurbishment is situated, belongs to the chiefs and people of Asokore Mampong and not the KMA.
He said the land on which the airport was established was released to the government by the forebear of the chief of Asokore Mampong, Nana Boakye-Ansah Debrah.
So, for the KMA to claim ownership of the project when the project is not in the jurisdiction of the KMA is sinister, he cautioned.
'We will resist any attempt by the KMA to claim ownership of a project that belongs to the Asokore Mampong Municipal Assembly.
We are by this medium warning the KMA under the leadership of Mayor Sam Payne, to desist from their subtle attempt to claim what is the birthright of the chiefs and people of Asokore Mampong.
"We know we are all one people but what is right must be done right", he said
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