His commitment has always been with the populist and faux-socialist operatives of the Chairman Jerry John Rawlings-founded cutthroat looting brigade, that is, the so-called National Democratic Congress (NDC), of which he is presently the Parliamentary Minority Chief Whip. So it is rather insufferably presumptuous for Mr. Mohammed Mubarak Muntaka to be lecturing voters in the Asante Region, where he is the NDC’s lone ranger, as it were, to punish the leaders of the ruling New Patriotic Party for supposedly not doing nearly enough to justify the massive support that the NPP has been enjoying from the Asante Region’s electorate, the single largest pro-NPP voting block in the country (See “ ‘Punish NPP for Ignoring Ashanti Region – Muntaka to Residents” Class-FM / Ghanaweb.com 9/21/20). Mr. Muntaka is reported to have made his ridiculous remark at a health-screening mobile clinic for the residents of his Kumasi-Asawase Constituency.
Such admonishment is nothing short of bizarre, absurd and downright scandalous, because it is only the John Agyekum-Kufuor- and the Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party that has implemented social intervention programs that have not only significantly improved the quality of life of residents and citizens of the Asante Region, in particular, but the entire Sovereign Democratic Republic of Ghana at large. On the latter count, of course, we are not only referring to the Akufo-Addo-implemented fee-free Senior High School Policy Initiative but the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS), which former President John “Payola-Guzzling” Dramani Mahama effectively bankrupted in only four-and-half years at the helm of Ghana’s affairs.
The NDC’s Abongo Boys and Girls have also fiercely fought against the NPP-implemented fee-free Senior High School Policy Initiative, with Candidate Mahama vowing to dismantle this most progressive human-resource and human-capacity development program. It is nation-wreckers like the Asawase NDC-MP who deserve to be severely punished by the Ghanaian electorate at large, and not just the Asante Region’s electorate. It is also rather laughable for the man who once took over the august floor of Parliament to promote underage sex with girls, in the dubious name of Islamic conjugal protocol, to be smugly and self-righteously accusing the New Patriotic Party of not having constructed a single arterial road in the heavily pro-NDC Asawase Constituency. So, the logical question that ought to be asked here is why, indeed, if the NDC were really a viable national development alternative to the Akufo-Addo-led New Patriotic Party, absolutely no significant roadways had been constructed during the 8 years that the Mills-Mahama regimes piloted Ghana’s proverbial ship-of-state?
In other words, Mr. Muntaka could not have made a stronger case for President Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Vice-President Mahamudu Bawumia to be afforded four more years by the Ghanaian electorate. This is also ironic because Mr. Muntaka’s inescapably mendacious accusation actually exposes the flat-out lie that is Candidate Mahama’s pontifical vaunt that when it comes to the development of infrastructure, he is the benchmark or simply without any competitor in Fourth-Republican Ghana. In another news report, Henry Nana Boakye (aka Nana B), the National Youth Organizer of the New Patriotic Party, has comprehensively detailed many of the historically unprecedented development projects and programs in the Asante Region that have either been undertaken or implemented by the Akufo-Addo-led government of the New Patriotic Party, so we find it to be presently unnecessary to detail the same in this column (See “NPP List[s] Projects in Ashanti Region to Shame NDC Claims of Neglect” Modernghana.com 9/22/20).
Ultimately, it is the political party whose leader and Presidential Candidate had the temerity to inform the global community that His Majesty, The Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei-Tutu, II, was a liar who could not get his narrative about the aftermath of the seismic defeat of the then incumbent President John “Akonfem-Kanazoe” Dramani Mahama in the 2016 Presidential Election who deserves to be severely punished by Ghanaian voters at large. As well, Little Dramani has had the scandalous occasion to thumb his nose at ethnic Asantes and call them an incurably ungrateful lot who would not appreciate Little Dramani and his rag-tag hoodlum pack of pathological kleptocrats of the National Democratic Congress, even if these treasonous nation-wreckers paved all the roads and highways of the Asante Region with gold.
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By Kwame Okoampa-Ahoofe, Jr., PhD
English Department, SUNY-Nassau
Garden City, New York
September 22, 2020
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