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30.07.2004 General News

Trouble for NPP Functionaries

By Chronicle

The Member of Parliament for the Wenchi West Constituency, Mr. Johnson Asiedu Nketia, alias "General Mosquito,' has declared that the National Democratic Congress (NDC) is busily compiling a list of names of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) functionaries who have been involved in corruption and mismanagement of state resources, for lawful justice, when the party is voted back to power.

Mr. Nketia, who described the NDC new register as "Ill-gotten Wealth of NPP Functionaries," noted that the list would also include ministers of state who had got themselves, secret, fat foreign accounts from the nation's coffers.

According to him, the NDC had realised that most of the ministers, MPs and District Chief Executives (DCEs) of the current administration had enriched themselves with cars, mansions and foreign accounts, among others, from the state's reserves and they would be brought to book.

'General Mosquito' made this observation at the inauguration of the NDC National Youth Working Committee and capacity building session for the party youth in Sunyani.

He stressed that the party was seriously liasing with its foreign counterparts, particularly, the banks and locally (in Ghana) and with their constituency executives and party members to expose all the 'secrets and malpractices' of President Kufuor and his government.

He said, " The NPP government wanted to embezzle much of the state resources, that was why they threw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians by hiding behind 'the zero tolerance for corruption slogan."

He charged the NDC activists to take pictures of any private project of NPP functionaries with questionable source of funding and forward them to the regional or national secretariats of the party.

Asiedu Nketia accused the NPP of nepotism and favouritism, saying some contractors with Islamic names had to change their names to Akan ones before contracts were awarded to them. According to him, President Kufuor, as the chairman of ECOWAS had no moral justification to preach peace in Côte d'Ivoire and other war-torn African countries, since the Yendi crisis had not been peacefully settled.

The National Organiser of the NDC and MP for Fanteakwa, Ofosu Ampofo also noted that the NDC would train 2,200 party youth workers who would work as polling station police for the party throughout the country.

The Deputy Brong Ahafo Regional Youth Organiser of the party, Mr. Justice Samuel Adjei, expressed dissatisfaction about how the government had been misusing the GETFund and the additional 2.5% increase in the VAT levy.

He urged the youth, especially those at the tertiary institutions, not to make the mistake of voting for the NPP in this year's general election, but work assiduously to return the NDC to power, not to only enable it pursue its laudable vision but also to continue using the GETFund for its purpose.

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