29 November 2012

Ghana: Falsehood Doesn't Win Elections - OB Amoah

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President John Dramani Mahama of Ghana is the candidate of the National Democratic Congress in the 2012 elections.

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Aburi/Nsawam, Osei Bonsu Amoah, has refuted allegations against him by his political opponents that he has squandered his share of the Common Fund and other funds, arguing that "falsehood does not win elections."

"They have made malicious and defamatory statements against me that I have squandered the Common Fund and other funds, and I am preventing the construction of our roads, particularly, the Aburi-Nsawam road. The Hansard of May 27, 2011 tells the full story of our roads," he noted.

Mr. Amoah made this observation at a press briefing in Aburi yesterday to set the records straight, and also respond to allegations being peddled around by his political opponents. In the said Hansard record, Mr. Amoah was deemed to have asked the Minister for Roads and Highways, Mr. J.K. Gidisu, when construction works would begin on the Aburi-Nsawam, Brekuso-Ketase and Aburi-Adamrobe roads.

In response, Mr. J.K. Gidisu said the contract to upgrade the 26 kilometre road, made up of the first 16 kilometres as gravel, and the remaining 10 kilometres as bitumen surface, was terminated in October 2010, due to the non-performance of the contractor, and its accompanying payment schedule problems.

Mr. Gidisu said the Ghana Highways Authority (GHA), through the 2010/2011 routine maintenance programme, graded and spot re-gravelled the first 16 kilometres gravel section to keep the road motorable, while considering repackaging the entire project under 16 kilometres gravel for upgrading under the 2012 Budget, subject to availability of funds.

According to Mr. Amoah, "How can someone pushing for the reconstruction of our roads turn around and fight against it?" To him, no single individual could construct "even a six-kilometre road" from his or her resources, without the support of the government.

He, therefore, debunked claims by his political opponents, especially, the candidate running on the ticket of the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), Mr. Opare Addo, that he would construct the Aburi-Nsawam road with the Common Fund within one year.

"The CPP candidate has been heard making some of these defamatory and shameful comments. He ignorantly, claims he will construct the Aburi-Nsawam road with the Common Fund within one year. He talks as if he will govern Ghana with his own money. He is free to campaign for Nana, as he has abandoned his flagbearer, but he must not defame us and preach falsehood," he asserted.

The former Deputy Minister of Youth and Sports, who is now contesting the Akwapim South Parliamentary seat, observed that since his political opponents were scared of the record, vision and promise of "Change to move Ghana Forward" of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the constituency, his political opponents had resorted to vile propaganda and malicious falsehoods in the hope of gathering some votes, but argued that "it is too late."

That notwithstanding, he said the vile propaganda and malicious falsehoods by his political opponents were being supported by employees in the Aburihene's palace, but warned that he would take legal action against anyone who defames him after the elections.

He urged his supporters and followers of the NPP to carry out the rest of their campaigns with decorum, and preach peace while refusing to be provoked and intimidated.

He took turn to highlight some of the projects he had undertaken in the constituency during the last four years, some of which include electrification projects in 38 electoral areas; distribution of computers to 33 schools from his Education Fund; rehabilitation of the Brekusu, Ahwerase, Nsawam, Djankrom clinics, and the Adoagyiri Zongo Community Clinic; rehabilitation of the Aburi Police Station; and the construction of classroom blocks and market sheds for his constituents.

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