19 November 2012

Ghana: Rashid Pelpuo Denies Owing Yutong Buses

THE DEPUTY Majority Leader in Parliament and National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Wa Central, Hon. Rashid Pelpuo has denied owning a fleet of Yutong buses and an international school located at Kasoa in the Central Region.

He has denied owning such properties and dared his accusers to swear by Allah and the Holy Quran to insist on the allegations.

"If you like I will throw a challenge, we are all Muslims and we fear both Allah and the Quran; before you talk about it at a political rally, you have to swear to both Allah and the Quran and we see whether the person will not walk naked in this Wa town", he challenged.

The NDC aspirant was responding to a question during a parliamentary debate organized by the National Commission on Civic Education (NCCE) for parliamentary candidates in the Wa central constituency.

He further explained that he does not have a plot in Kasoa and a bus. "It is a lie that was concocted during our primaries but it couldn't hold water and I won; I am surprised people still talk about it at political rallies and I expect that such lies should be discarded," he told the forum.

On what he can do for the constituents when given the nod for the third time, the deputy majority leader said he will continue with the good policies of the NDC administration by expanding educational infrastructures; give priority to girl child education and increase female intake in public universities in the country, connecting remaining communities that have no electricity to the national grid and expand the water systems in the constituency.

The parliamentary candidate for the People's National Congress, Bernard Ambataayela Mornah stated that if given the nod he will make sure all children who are interested in going to school are given the opportunity.

"I will not go to parliament and sit down and supervise laws and policies that will not inure to the benefit of the constituency are passed," he added.

Issahaku Mumuni Tahiru, the parliamentary candidate of the NPP said if given the nod he would concentrate on the training of health staff for the constituency since the Wa Regional Hospital and other clinics lack adequate staff.

He said he will organize classes free of charge for WASSCE candidates who failed in the sciences, English language and mathematics.

The Progressive People's Party's parliamentary candidate, James Sohimwininye on his part stated that his main focus will be about job creation as outlined in his party's manifesto. He said there are several people in the constituency who are jobless and he will make sure that they are employed.

The Convention People's Party (CPP) parliamentary candidate, Suleman Issahaku stated that he will work to give the Wa airstrip a facelift in order to grow businesses in the constituency.

He said due to the bad road network in the region, many investors will like to come by air and if the airport is rehabilitated, business in the constituency will boom.

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