The District Chief Executive for Upper Denkyira West District in the Central, Daniel Appianing, has finally vacated his post and handed over to the Deputy Central Regional Minister. The President, through the Ministry of Local Government, directed him to step aside, while investigations continue into the gruesome murder of a military officer, Captain Maxwell Adam Mahama. Capt. Mahama was lynched by residents of Denkyira-Obuasi on Monday after he was mistaken for an armed robber.

The DCE of the area has since accused the military officer for his the death. According to him, Capt. Mahama and his colleagues from the 5th Infantry Battalion who were deployed to wage war on illegal mining, were instead protecting illegal miners. Mr Appianing was however suspended on Thursday after public anger over his comments, but had insisted that he was still at post because there was no official communication about his suspension. But the Deputy Local government Minister, O.B Amoah, has told Citi News, the DCE has finally left office.

“I spoke with the Regional Minister last night, and he said his deputy was on his way to take over. He had officially spoken and written to the DCE so I expect that this morning if there is any handing over he [DCE] would have done it or been in the process of doing it for the Deputy Regional Minister to take over,” OB Amoah noted. He added that a report will be forwarded the President as soon as it was ready to enable the President take a definite position on the issue. “…The President needs a formal report from the Regional Minister and other heads of agencies as soon as it’s ready, [and] if there is any report that the President needs it will be provided to him,” the deputy Local Government Minister said.