President John Mahama has instructed the sack of the The District Chief Executive (DCE) for Ahafo Ano South in the Ashanti Region, Mr Gabriel Barima, whose conduct at a public gathering brought the 'Tweaaaaa' expression into the national discourse.
A statement signed the Executive Secretary to the President; Dr Raymond Atuguba said:
“The president acting on the Local Government Act section 204 has dismissed the DCE for Ahafo Ano South, Gabriel Barima with immediate effect.”
The statement added that the Ashanti Regional Minister has been directed to act until a substantive DCE is appointed.
'Tweaaaaa', is an Akan interjection used mainly to express contempt for a statement made.
It became popular in January after Mr Barimah exchanged words with a health worker who hurled the word at him at a public function.
The DCE retorted: ‘Who said 'Tweaaaaa'; am I your co-equal?’
A video of the exchange soon went viral on social media, prompting the traditional mass media to report on it.
The government had earlier cautioned him for the conduct after he expressed remorse.
The sack today is, however, believed to be in relation to a radio interview Mr. Barimah granted Accra-based Joy FM Wednesday, in which he is reported to have said that he did not regret the fact that someone hurled the 'Tweaaaaa' expression at him.
According to him, the development had made him popular and people had called to congratulate him.