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12.04.2007 General News

Constituents 'ban' MP from town


The Member of Parliament for Atiwa, Charles Brempong-Yeboah was Tuesday 'banned' by the people of Asunafo in the Eastern region from entering the town until the 15 kilometre road from Abomosu junction to Jejeti has been rehabilitated.

They have also warned that no member of the New Patriot Party should enter the town in 2008 to campaign for votes until the road has been rehabilitated.

This was after the irate youth of the town, shouting, "No road no votes" had blocked the road on the outskirt of the town to prevent the MP from using his car to join the Abomosu-Anyinam main road.

It took almost an hour for the Ankobeahene, Baafour Doudu Siaw, the Amankrado Baafour Doudu Kumi and some elders of the town to convince the youth to open the road and also agree to meet the MP for his message.

Dr Brempong-Yeboah was at Asunafo as part of his tour of the area to brief his constituents on the business of Parliament in the first quarter of the year as demanded by the Constitution.

The people said their anger was as a result of the Government's failure to rehabilitate the road, explaining, that, the ruling party promised during its campaign in the run up to the 2000 election to tar the road when voted into power.

They insisted that since the government came to power the area has seen no development, improvement, citing the refusal of the Atiwa District Assembly to assist in the rehabilitation of their JSS as an example. The school was later rehabilitated by the Church of Jesus Christ of Latter Day Saints, they said.

The assembly also turned down an appeal to help them to rehabilitate drains in the town, they added.

The people said their anger was heightened about two weeks ago when the Atiwa District Chief Executive, Kwasi Osei Agyepong, announced that a company had been granted a concession to fell timber in the area.

Dr Brempong-Yeboah informed the people that the road has been awarded on contract. But the youth rejected this claim, on the grounds that this promise had been made several times in the past but no action had been taken.

Dr Brempong-Yeboah, in an attempt to prove his case, called on the townsfolk to nominate five persons to accompany him to the Feeder Roads Department of the Ministry of Road Transport to verify the truth.

His tour, which began on Sunday, took him to about 20 towns and villages. During the visits, he briefed the people on government policies.

Source: The Statesman