MEMBERS OF the National Zongo Caucus of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) and other smaller political parties are demanding their “pound of flesh” from the President Mills led administration for their role they played in the last elections.
The members, in a thanks-giving celebration held at Nima near Accra over the weekend, said the contributions of the members of the zongos, who are predominantly Moslems or people of Northern extraction, towards the victory of the NDC over the New Patriotic Party (NPP) could be underestimated.
Speaking to the members, Alhaji Yusif Captain, Chairman of the National Zongo Caucus indicated that conditions at the Zongos have not improved over the years, even though they have diligently been active in partisan politics and had been voting for all the political parties without any corresponding reciprocity from politicians.
He described the situation as “use and dump” by politicians and therefore called for change in the situation.
Alhaji Captain called on President John Evans Atta Mills to turn his eyes towards the Zongo communities and help in developing the high level of deprivation.
The group also called on the President to offer political appointment to qualified members of their communities as a way of showing appreciation and a reward for their support.
Alhaji Captain commended the members for their unflinching support for the NDC and remarked that the people of the Zongo communities have demonstrated that their love for the NDC was real and unalloyed.
He mentioned that the decision to celebrate the occasion was to compensate members who were 'denied' the opportunity to celebrate the Christmas, New Year and the Eid-ul-Fitr because of the involvement in the elections.
For his part, the Deputy National Organiser of the NDC, Alhaji Awudu Ali reiterated President Mills' decision to raise the standards at the Zongo communities and also offer opportunities for qualified members to serve the country.
He reminded them of President Mills' promise he made to the Zongo communities when the National Chief Imam, Dr. Sheikh Nuhu Sharubutu called on him at the Osu Castle to congratulate him on the occasion of his election.
Alhaji Ali commended them for their hard work that led to the defeat of the NPP, adding that that hard work had been appreciated.
He appealed to the members to exercise patience with the current government as it is yet to settle in it saddles.
The National Deputy Organiser told them not to be complacent in their savouring of victory as the NPP had started its campaign for 2012.
The National Magajia, Madam Amina Seidu urged her colleague women to keep the heat on the NPP by going round to mobilize more members for the NDC.
She said the victory of the NDC was by Allah's invention to demonstrate to the NPP that power belongs to Allah alone and not at the discretion of any human being.
By Wisdom Peter Awuku