Election 2016 NDC group rejects NPP's 'sakawa' zongo development fund

The group, Zongo for NDC, at a press conference in Kumasi described the promise as 'Sakawa' which is not feasible, unattainable and unachievable.

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A pro-zongo group with ties to the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Ashanti Region has rejected the New Patriotic Party's (NPP) manifesto pledge to establish a zongo development fund.

The group, Zongo for NDC, at a press conference in Kumasi described the promise as 'Sakawa' which is not feasible, unattainable and unachievable.

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Secretary of the group  Mohammed Abdul Basit said, “Zongos cannot accept yet another ‘Sakawa’ promise to galvanize our votes and later abandon us as they did years back.”

The NPP in its manifesto has promised to to establish a zongo development fund to "help regenerate and review our zongos."

At the launch of the party's manifesto last week at the Trade Fair, the NPP vice presidential nominee said the fund will invest in education and training and development within the zongos targeting health, sanitation, local businesses and culture and art.

“Our Zongo development fund is aimed at regenerating and reviving these communities and the fund will invest in education and training and development within the Zongos improve infrastructure within the Zongos targeting health, sanitation, supporting local business and centres of cultures and arts and in community policing and security. Zongos are vibrant places, they are communities with opportunities in local culture, specialty foods and tourism that if properly invested in, and harnessed can create jobs and economic growth at the community level” Dr. Mahamadu Bawumia said.

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But according to the Zongo for NDC, the NPP is attempting to to score cheap political point from the zongo communities.

The attack on the NPP's zongo development fund comes after the groups top communicator, Awal Mohammed, defected to the NPP because the NDC manifesto was silent on what it will do for the zongo community.

In his defection speech, Awal Mohammed said: "As a Zongo boy I felt we have been given a raw deal. Again, as a young man I believe that NDC as a party has failed in curbing the massive unemployment which has resulted in unprecedented hardship, job losses is on the rise and our economy is in disarray."

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According to him, Ghana needs a leader in the person of Nana Addo ably assisted by Alhaji Dr Mahamadu Bawumia to give the nation a better leadership.

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