Barely a year into the coveted office, the government of Guinea-Bissau has suspended the mayor of the capital Bissau for alleged corruption in a land sale and failure to pay employee pensions.
It is important to note that Mayor Luis Ntachama had been in office since April 2021. The embattled Luis is a member of the Social Renewal Party (PRS), a formation belonging to the presidential coalition whose leaders are in friction with the camp of the head of state Umaro Sissoco Embalo.
According to an order by the Minister of Territorial Administration, Fernando Gomes, the embattled Ntachama is accused of “deliberate acts of corruption in the distribution of public land, the non-payment of pensions to municipal workers” and “the unfair suspension” of municipal employees,
The minister said the government decided to “suspend him from (his) duties as of today, 21 June 2022”.
Ntachama wasn’t alone in this setback as he was suspended along with two of his collaborators, his first deputy and the secretary-general of the municipal institution. Ntachama was replaced by Fernando Mendes, a member of a party belonging to the presidential camp.
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