Emmanuel Armah Kofi Buah, the opposition NDC’s Member of Parliament for Ellembelle, who has been going round taking credit for an ongoing electrification project at Sentaso and surrounding communities, in the Ainyinase North area, has been exposed as a ‘very big liar’.
The former Energy Minister has also been stopped from following the contractor with a campaign pickup embossed with his pictures.
The District Chief Executive, Kwesi Bonzo, minced no words in telling the residents in the beneficiary communities, numbering about 20, that the project is being executed by the central government, with Mr Buah having no hand in it.
The exposure followed a question posed by Odikro Kofi Agyei, chief of Sentaso, when the DCE met the community to formally introduce a contractor working on the 20km Sentaso-Asomase road to them.
The chief had sought to find out why the ‘hardworking MP with their interest at heart’ should be stopped from continuing a project which was abandoned nine years ago, and wondered whether the NPP government does not want to see residents of Ainyinase North to get acess to electricity.
Mr Bonzo, however, stressed that the project is still in progress and that it is rather Mr Buah who has been stopped from following the contractor.
He explained that contract for the execution of electrification project in the Ainyinase North area was awarded to Technology Management Group by the erstwhile Kufuor administration, shortly before the NPP lost the 2008 general elections.
The DCE lamented that, as Energy Minister for eight years, Mr Buah could not lobby for execution of the project but kept deceiving the people with ‘sugar coated words’ and paltry sums of money during elections to win their votes.
He said the Akufo-Addo led government has re-awarded the contract to TMG, with work steadily going on.
According to the DCE, no sooner had the contractor started work than Mr Buah ordered some of his party loyalists to follow him with a pickup embossed with his pictures to create the false impression that the project is being executed by him.
“This project is a central government one which has not been stopped. As DCE and NPP’s parliamentary candidate for the constituency, I don’t even have the power to stop it. It is rather the MP who has been stopped from following the contractor with his campaign vehicle,” Mr Bonzo further explained.
He also dismissed as lies, the MP’s claims that solar bulbs being distributed to the residents by the District Assembly are substandard and therefore shouldn’t be used by them.
He wondered why a whole legislator can stoop that low in the name of politics, and cautioned the people be wary of his utterances.
The Ainyinase North area, of Ellembelle district in the Western region, has over the years been an NDC stronghold, with Mr Buah sweeping almost all the 9656 votes in the remote cocoa growing area.
There are reports that votes from this area are always doctored in favour of the NDC due to inaccessible nature of the road network.
However, there are indications that the story will be different, come December, as a result of road construction works and other developmental projects being executed by the current DCE in the area.