The lack of development initiatives in their catchment areas has raised worries among the traditional leaders in the Ashanti Region’s Kwabre East.
The Chief of Mampongten, Barima Saasi Ayeboafo II, voiced his concern about the situation in Mamponteng and gave a warning that, if things didn’t improve, there would be a paradigm shift from voting along party lines to policies focused on development.
He revealed this to Kumasi-based Akoma FM. “In my area, we have not encountered a single tarred road. There is not a single second-cycle government school in Mampongten. In terms of votes, we are the world bank of the NPP, so why have they ignored us after six years? “
He expressed fury at the municipality’s lackluster progress and characterized it as the highest kind of political disregard of the electorate.
The Kwabre East Constituency, he said, serves as the New Patriotic Party’s (NPP) “global bank,” and the party in power has neglected it.
He said, “We, the people of Kwabre East, have been faithful and loyal to the NPP because, from time immemorial, even if you cut off our thumb, we will vote for the NPP with our tongue.” However, this time, when we go to the polls in 2024, we will first assess development in our areas before we stick our necks out and cast a ballot. “
He claimed that for the previous 35 years since the municipality was founded, Mamponteng, the capital of the municipality, had lacked a single paved road, a public senior high school, or a functional hospital.
Prior to the press conference, hundreds of locals dressed in red and black flocked to the Chief’s Palace to voice their concerns.
The angry throng vented their resentment about the lack of growth in the municipality, led by market women and the youth.