CEO attack: Some Tamale groups defy understanding – Health minister

Source: Ghana||Edwin Appiah|[email protected]

The Health minister, baffled at the chasing out of the CEO of the biggest hospital in the Northern region, says the behavior of some people there defies his understanding.

Struggling for words to explain the daylight driving out of David Zaawumya Akolbila by a political group affiliated to the governing NPP, the minister told Joy News; “It beats anybody’s looks like, and I am not pretty sure, there are some people in Tamale that should not be touched”.

Kandahar Boys allegedly stormed the hospital last Monday and walked out the CEO, Akolbila, whom they accuse of misappropriating funds. But they have denied any involvement.

The New Patriotic Party has itself denied the involvement of the affiliated group but admits the thugs are NPP sympathisers.

Monday’s incident is only a replay of a similar incident in the hospital in February 2017 after Kandahar Boys stormed the hospital and walked out the then CEO Dr. Prosper Akampong.

The media dossier on the activities of the Kandahar Boys has since been growing after they accused their first victim Dr. Prosper Akampong of corruption and nepotism.

Dr. Akampong’s stay in office from September 2014 came to an end in June 2017 as Kandahar Boys hastened his exit.

A new appointment of David Zaawumya Akolbila in June 2017 has marked 13 months in office without incident until fresh trouble on Monday which saw the politically-aligned youth group walk him out.

The political handiworks of the Kandahar Boys was also on display in February 2017 after they locked up the Tamale office of the National Health Insurance Authority (NHIA), and the Youth Employment Agency (YEA).

The reasons are similar. The group does not like a government appointee they claim is corrupt or nepotic or both.

The group in September 2017 denied vandalizing proprieties of the Saganarigu district assembly complex where the district office of the Ghana School Feeding Programme (GSFP) is housed.

But the group admitted visiting the office early in the day to investigate concerns about discrimination in the selection of caterers under the government programme.

2017 marked the year of NPP lawlessness as the President, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed disappointment in the escalation of political vigilantism under his tenure.

The emergence of political vigilantism has compelled the Health minister to cut short a tour in the Central region where is commissioning some 10 polyclinics.

He said he is moving to the Northern region to resolve the impasse. The minister said vigilantism is not new to the region.

He said the Director-General of the Ghana Health Service Dr. Anthony Nsiah-Asare faced a similar act of lawlessness when he was a senior manager at the Tamale regional hospital.

 “He caused the arrest of about three people who were jailed for about three months each…so this is not something that is just happening”, the minister said.

According to him, six months ago the Regional Health Director was also chased out in similar fashion and has since declined any invitation to return to the place.

In the latest incident, four persons who were arrested on Wednesday have been released after the police were satisfied, they were not part of the unlawful interruption of the CEO’s work.

A suspect was picked up Thursday and is believed to be the ringleader. The police are weighing up charges which could include assault and unlawful entry.

Meanwhile, health professionals at the Tamale Teaching Hospital have embarked on a strike citing insecurity. It leaves government with the task of punishing the culprits and calming the nurses and doctors.


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