A law maker at the Komenda Edina Eguafo Abirem [KEEA] Municipal Assembly in the Central Region is in the grips of the Elmina police for openly defecating.
Hon. Cleran, Assembly member for Sibir Awine electoral area at Elmina was arrested this dawn by the Assembly task force when he was caught openly defecating at an unsanctioned site within the community.
Mr. Alex Damptey, the Environmental Sanitation Officer at KEEA in an exclusive interview with ATL FM News, said ‘“from the beginning of this year, KEEA enacted a law to prevent people from defecating anyhow because it is the aim of the region to deal with issues relating to people defecating anyhow. The Assembly has therefore formed a taskforce including the police to handle this issue. This morning we heard that one of our Assembly men has flouted the rules by defecating somewhere and has been caught."
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Commenting on how the Assembly will handle a breach of its laws by an Assembly Member, Mr. Damptey said ‘'the law will deal with him because the law is no respecter of persons. Therefore we will not spare him because he is an assemblyman. Amongst all our challenges, we have realized that open defecation is getting higher and we want to deal with it so that we don’t record cholera cases in the assembly.”
On whether the assembly feels scandalized that a law maker has breached its own laws, Mr. Damptey said Mr. Cleran’s electoral area will handle him based on their standing orders.
“Apart from the ordinary law, as in breaking the law of open defecation, we also have rules the assembly call ‘’standing orders”. For that one, I don’t know but the assembly will have to explain if the law will spare the assembly man. However we know that the law is no respecter of persons so let’s wait and see what the assembly will say when we meet him.” Mr. Damptey concluded.
Source: Mary Ama Bawa / ATL FM News