By Gifty Arthur
The National Association of Head Potters popularly known as Kayayes, has denied making a cash donation to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during its fund–raising event last Saturday at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi – Ashanti Region.
According to the association’s president, Hajia Tani, the association is not partisan; therefore it was mischievous for anybody to use its name to score cheap political point. They are threatening court action against the person; “Adiza Zongo Pioneer” who presented GHc5, 000, in the name of the association.
“How can poor people like us donate to NPP when they denigrate us anytime they need our service to transport their goods? They call us John Maham whenever they want us to carry their loads and woe betides you if you refer to Nana Addo in that same manner”, she lamented.
The so-called show of love by the Kayayes to the NPP, have raised many eyebrows with many saying if indeed, such an amount could be donated by such persons society holds to be the poorest of the poor, then the economy isn’t bad the way some, especially members of the NPP, led by Nana Akufo-Addo, and his running mate, Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, have portrayed it.
But reacting to last Saturday’s news that the association donated GH¢5 thousand towards the party’s initiative to mobilize funds for this year’s presidential and parliamentary campaign, Hajia Tani, said that head potters does not have that resources to fund a political party activity, as they struggle to make ends meet.
Speaking on Accra-based Montie FM on Monday, the president, asked what the NPP did for them in the eight years that they were in power to warrant that rare gesture. She advised Ghanaians to disregard the false information, insisting it was just a mere propaganda by Adiza Zongo Pioneer, who is based in Kumasi.
Asked if she knew the said woman, she replied in the affirmative, adding Adiza is known in the Ashanti Region as “spokesperson” of NPP’s three times presidential aspirant, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo Addo.
Speaking in local dialect, Twi, she continued, “Adiza has never been a head porter as far as I know. Since the news broke, anybody that asked our members in the region about her, they plainly said that they do not know her as one of them”.
The national president, said Adiza was a businesswoman, who travels abroad to import ladies wears and other things therefore, she cannot qualify as a head potter in anyway, let alone represent the association in presenting money to the NPP or any other political party.
In the meantime, Hajia Tani, said she was organizing members of the association, who are made of different tribes to hold a press conference.
She challenged Adiza to retract and apologize to the association, but in the unlikely event that she doesn’t, she would have to meet them in court, noting she has already spoken to her lawyer.
“We are organizing ourselves to come out strongly to hold a press conference after which we shall go to court to clear our name if she doesn’t heed to our advice. We want to tell her we did not give her that money”, she said.
The association, which is being supported by the Gender, Children and Social Protection Minister, Nana Oye Lither, is made up of deprived youth from the north. She formed it in 2008, and has branches in regions such as Ashanti and Greater Accra, where the headquarters can be located. The Minister, she said has never failed to assist them anytime they call on her.
“Recently, I came to Accra to report to her about how some of the children were getting sick. There and then, she gave me money to register them under the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) and as I speak to you, I have registered 700 waiting to do the remaining 300”, she revealed.
According to Hajia Tani, recently she was contacted that Adiza and NPP’s Ashanti Region Chairman, Bernard Antwi Boasiako, alias “Chairman Wontumi” to distribute mattress to the porters, following which they heard that they had raised funds to support the party.
This was after “Dagomba Line” a suburb of Kumasi, was razed down by fire and was supported by the National Disaster Management Organization (NADMO), Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) Mayor, Kojo Bonsu, and the reshuffled Ashanti Regional Minister, Peter Anerfi.
She said, she had to form and register the association, because of the derogatory manner in which people in that region addressed them after their “brother” John Mahama became president.
“How can poor people like us donate to NPP when they denigrate us anytime they need our service to transport their goods? They call us John Maham whenever they want us to carry their loads but woe betides you if you refer to Nana Addo in that same manner”, she said.
It was as a result of that painful description that Hajia Tani formed the association and threatened anyone who dared to refer to them in that derogatory manner, with a court action.
Last Saturday, the NPP, held it first national fundraising programme in Kumasi where some amount of money was realized. It was attended by the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr. Bawumia.
The fund-raising which was designed to attract thousands of party sympathizers, supporters and bigwigs flopped per the estimation of some section of the populace. Many expressed surprised about the almost empty stadium.
Among the highlights of activities that caught the attention of the media was the announcement that some “kayayes” in the Ashanti Region; the stronghold of the opposition group, contributed GHc5, 000 to support the NPP’s campaign to wrestle power from the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).