Akufo-Addo to visit Mampongtenhene after chief’s cry for attention
President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo is set to visit the chief of Mamponteng, Barimah Saasi Ayeboafo II, following the latter’s public expression of outrage toward him for neglecting him and his people after obtaining the highest number of votes from the Kwabre East Constituency in the 2016 election, MyNewsGh.com reports.
This portal reported in May that, the chief had said he was incensed by the fact that there is nothing to show for the loyalty of his people for the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the many years that they have voted for it, especially in the nearly three years that Nana Akufo Addo has been in power.
“We always pride ourselves that we gave this government the highest votes, but we have nothing to show for it; the NDC did something small for us by starting the construction of a market, so we expected our own NPP to do much better, but we haven’t seen anything”, he said.
The chief was speaking at a durbar at his palace when he had summoned the Member of Parliament, Hon. Francisca Oteng Mensah, the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE), Nana Osei Asibey Bonsu and the leadership of the NPP in the Kwabre East Constituency to appear before the people and answer for why the needed development has not been forthcoming.
“Today is a great day of anger; I know my people are very angry with this government because they feel betrayed”, the respected chief said, but however called for calm.
Barimah Saasi Ayeboafo said it had reached a point where he would have to be led by the MP and the MCE go to the President to demand for development for his town.
“President Nana Addo passes here all the time, but there has not been a single day that he has stopped by to say hi to us, but we gave him the highest number of votes”, he noted.
The chief, who wore a troubled countenance said, “the President must know that even if we gave him only one vote, it must have been helpful in giving him the power so he must pay some attention to us”.
“I’m not blaming the MP or the MCE”, but the government must know that Mamponteng as municipal capital deserves some facelift.
“Apart from the highway that passes through the town to Mampong, not a metre of our town roads have been tarred; the abandonment of the market project which was begun by the NDC is also a great source of worry to us”, he lamented.
The outburst of the chief has yielded results, as the President is scheduled to pay a courtesy call on him at his palace on Thursday 10th October 2019.
The President would also cut sod for the construction of Mamponteng town roads after meeting with the chief.
This is contained in the itinerary of the President’s planned weeklong tour of the Ashanti, Bono and Eastern regions.
He is expected to spend four days crisscrossing the Ashanti region for various engagements including; meeting with chiefs, inspection of ongoing projects, commissioning of 1D1F projects amongst others.