22 January 2013

Ghana: Youth Activist Unhappy With Mahama's Appointments

Kumasi — A LEADING Youth Activist of the ruling National Democratic Congress(NDC) in Kumasi, Kwasi Ofori Agyemang Boadi, has expressed resentments about President Mahama's ministerial nominees made so far.

Kwasi Ofori Agyemang, aka 'King Zuba', says supporters of the ruling party are not comfortable with the apparent lack of inclusion of personalities of Ashanti descent in the crop of new ministers.

President Mahama's ministerial appointments have so far been dominated by the three northern and central regions, with the only Ashanti being Dr. Oteng Adjei, the Minister designate for Environment, Science and Innovation.

The development, according to the NDC youth activist, has created unnecessary tension amongst the top hierarchy and the support base of the party in the region.

"I am not happy and I know a lot of people are not; for me I will say it because I want the best for this party," Zuba lamented in an interview with The Chronicle.

There were calls for President Mahama to ensure that some personalities from the region feature in his government, considering the fact that the party performed creditably in the elections, thanks to the campaign team.

It was the wish of many that unlike his predecessor, President Mahama will reward the efforts of some party stalwarts who fought tooth and nail in making sure the party increased its electoral fortunes in the region, considered as the stronghold of the major opposition party the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

It, however, appears the wish may not be granted, considering the fact that all the relevant vacant ministerial positions have been filled by the President.

King Zuba, who is also the Regional Coordinator of Local Enterprise and Skills Development (LESDEP), believes the situation will not augur well for the party, as it would discourage many hardworking individuals who spent their time, energy and resources on the party to ensure victory.

He noted that considering the fact that some regions have had at least three positions, with all the relevant portfolios filled, it is almost likely Ashanti will have only one, and this, according to him, will defeat the purpose of Direct Principles of State Policy which stresses on regional balance in terms of allocation of positions and state resources.

"I am not particularly against the President's nominations, but I believe the government can do better for the region, especially considering the fact that this is the territory of the opposition we need to work hard if we are to break their dominance," he noted.

He noted that should the opposition NPP elect an Ashanti candidate as flagbearer, the NDC would have difficulty dealing with electorates in the region.

King Zuba, who has filed his nomination to contest for the Ashanti Regional Council of State membership, says he is hopeful that he can pull a surprise in the elections.

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