Intelligence picked by www.leakynews.net has it that 6 people including the incumbent and hard-working Osei Assibey have expressed interest for the position of Kumasi City Mayor.
The other five are
ING Nana Poku Agyemang -son to former KMA BOSS; the late Nana Akwasi Agyemang,
Samuel Pyne who is the Ashanti regional secretary for the ruling NPP, Hon Kennedy Kankam former MP for Nhyiaeso constituency and
Mr Kwabena Manu a native of Nsuta Kwaman Beposo constituency.
The latter name sounds odd and new to the majority but signals picked by this medium suggest that the bearer of that name; an ardent follower of the political faith of NPP is gradually winning the admiration of the masses for the position.
His participation in the contest has infused shock waves into the spines of his competitors who are of the strong fear that his involvement in the race will shipwreck their chances of grabbing the seat.
Owing to his academic and leadership pedigree and sterlar contributions towards the growth of NPP, many have tipped him as the winner man.
However, a high number of critical thinkers have conducted though inquisition, questioning if his qualities and capabilities can out match that of the incumbent Hon Osei Assibey Antwi whose dynamic leadership has earned the metropolis its present status quo.
Can he exercise the same courage, unbending posture, strictness in the enforcement of bye-laws, champion the course of sanitation among others as exhibited by Hon Osei Assibey who has won to his credit litany of honorary awards for his excellent performance?
WHO IS KWABENA MANU?
He is a tenacious, fair, firm, and focused leader who is ready to work with others to bring discipline
to the day-to-day administration of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) as its leader to
benefit the socio-economic development of Kumasi and environs.
He gained his fair-but-firm minded leadership skills through years of serving as an executive of a workers’ union in Westchester County, New York, USA.
1.Ministry of Railway
A. Development Ghana – Advisor/Consultant on Labor & Employment
B.Relations (March 2018 – May 2019).
C.Directed the setting up of employment and labor relations structures at the new Ministry
of Railway Development working directly with the Minister.
D. Civil Service Employees Association (CSEA) 1997 – 2017, President
E. Elected President of Westchester Country Government Unit 9200 on July 1, 2013 for a
4,200 member-Workers Union.
F. Presided over the executive committee at Executive Board Meetings to deliberate
members’ grievances, mediate with management, and negotiate compensation and benefits.
G. Oversaw the financial life of the Union through frequent meetings with outside auditors and internal management.
H.Reviewed and approved scholarships on a yearly basis for graduating high school students to fund university expenses.
I. Visited worksites to ascertain working conditions and ensure compliance with the terms of Collective Bargaining Agreements.
J. Maintained an annual budget surplus of $US 750,000- $US 1,000,000 in the four years of
K.. Received the Anthony J. Tocci Award in recognition of years of dedicated service and
devotion to working men and women of the American work force.
CSEA Vice President and Union Representative (1997 – 2012)
L. Engaged in termination and disciplinary measures by several departments of Westchester
County Government against CSEA members. The departments included: Dept of Public
Works, Dept of Environmental Facilities, Dept of Parks, Recreation and Conservation,
Dept. of Social Service, Dept of Information Technology, Dept of Human Resources,
Dept of Health, Departments of Consumer Protection, Public Safety, Finance, Probation,
The Country Clerks Office, and the Office of the Aging.
New York State CSEA Inc – March 2014 – May 2017
Member of the Statewide Executive Board.
M. Contributed to updating rules and regulations.
CSEA – Westchester Country Government unit Nov 1997 – June 2017
Member of the Negotiators Committee.
N. Negotiated collective bargaining agreements that covered salaries, working conditions,
The Cluster Institute – September 1992 – Oct. 1994, Certified Mediator
O. Mediated Tenant and Landlord disputes in the City of Yonkers.
Matthews and Matthews Consulting (New York), June 2006 – December 2016
P. Served as featured Panelist at New York University’s Round Table Labor Discussions.
Q. Served as Public Speaking Instructor for Labor Union Leaders.
3G Media and Magazine – (New York), Jan. 2007 – Dec. 2015
R. Served as Editor in Chief for 3 G Magazine.
Westchester County Department of Social Services (DSS) New York, October 1990 – Nov.
S. Interceded for neglected and abused children including placing them in safer homes.
Mercy College, New York 1980 – 1984
Bachelor of Science
Political Science with a minor in Journalism
The Cluster Institute, New York, 1991 – 1992
Certified – Mediator
Cornell University Institute of Labor Studies, New York 1997 – 1998
Certificate in Labor Studies.
National Council of Ghanaian Associations- New York 2002 – 2006
Public Relations Officer.
Ghanaian Association of Westchester – New York 2000 – 2010
Public. Relations Officer
New Patriotic Party (NPP)
NPP-USA – New York Chapter – Public Relations Officer 1994 – 2008
NPP – NY – Chapter Senior – Advisor 2008 – 2016
Campaign Team – Ketu South 2020
Member of Parliament Primary Candidate – Nsuta / Kwamang / Beposo 2004 and 2008