General News of 2014-02-04

Ex-Prez Kufuor funded NPP from state coffers - DCE

THE studios of Hello FM in Kumasi was nearly turned into a boxing ring on Saturday when the District Chief Executive Officer for Sekyere Afram Plains, Hon. Fuseini Donkor, alleged that the opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP) for eight years in power, were being funded from the coffers of the State.
Hon. Fuseini asserted during a weekend political programme that the opposition party was going through financial crisis because throughout its eight years in power, it was being spoon-fed by the former President Kufuor, using funds from the state.
The DCE, who was contributing to discussions concerning the NPP national executives’ claim of financial difficulties hence it’s proposal for a regional based conference, said he was not surprised that a big political party like the NPP could not raise money to organize its conference whilst in opposition, because according to his information, most of their activities were being funded by the state.
His assertion, however, raised strong reactions from NPP supporters and functionaries.
An NPP representative on the programme, Stephen Amoah, aka “Sticker” and the former National Chairman of the party, Mr. Peter Mac Manu, who was listening to the show, did not take kindly to the comments at all and fired tantrums at the DCE.
Some supporters of the party equally massed up in front of the premises of the station to register their displeasure at the wild allegations made by the DCE.
Mr. Donkor, however, told The Chronicle later in an interview that his assertion was premised on the fact that the party ostentatiously displayed wealth whilst in power and engaged in flamboyant campaigning never witnessed in the country’s democratic dispensation.
“Is it not surprising that the NPP, which few years ago brought what is now known as ‘monetization’ in Ghana’s politics, is now crying for funds to organize a simple conference to elect its national executives,” he noted.
He said the actions of the NPP gives a wrong impression about how political parties secure funding to conduct its activities.
Source: The Chronicle
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