Tells Adjei Kojo Victims To Vote Against Mahama
By Alfred Dogbey
Having nearly lost the 2012 parliamentary election, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) Member of Parliament (MP) for Tema West Constituency, has launched an early campaign for her retention in the House, by inciting victims of Adjei Kojo demolition exercise against the government, using President John Mahama’s name.
Irene Naa Torshie Addo, last Sunday, held what eyewitnesses, including residents’ association leaders called mini-rallies to mobilize and address the victims with lots of venom spewed on the Mahama Government by the not so popular NPP MP.
The Tema West MP, is reported to have used the Presidency and Parliament’s names to assemble the unsuspecting residents, claiming the two arms of Government, have sent delegation to have discussions with them, but this later turned out to be her campaign platform, where the ruling National Democratic Congress (NDC) was rather demonized.
Residents told The Herald yesterday that a Public Address System Van, went round Adjei Kojo and its adjoining suburbs like Sraha, King Solomon City and Promise Land near Ashaiman, announcing that the Tema Development Corporation (TDC) was about to demolish their over 952-acre-stretch of land.
The residents, were told to come out in their numbers and be countered by a delegation sent by President Mahama and the Speaker of Parliament, Edward Doe Adjaho, who were going to question them, especially landlords and tenants who were affected by the demolition.
The residents, were told that the TDC was not going to go ahead with the demolishing, should they number over 2,000 on the day of the counting.
However, to the amazement of the vulnerable residents, the supposed meeting with the President’s and Parliamentary delegations, the convoy that arrived turned out to be the Tema West MP. The residents had waited for her for over 5 hours.
It was later established that, indeed, the legislator was in fact the one who called for the said gathering to tactically attack the Government.
She is said to have shared a ball of Kenkey and fried fish to some residents.
The Secretary of the Landlords Association at King Solomon City, one Nartey, whose wife and children were at the meeting at King Solomon City Park and his Chairman Mr. Osei, confirmed the story in an interview with The Herald yesterday.
Mr. Augustine Mawudem Kumado, a resident of Sraha, who was also at the second meeting on the same day, said Naa Torshie dishonestly, told them she has singlehandedly taken the matter to court on the resident’s behalf.
Mr. Kumado said, the MP told the gathering that because she has them at heart, she took the matter up in Parliament and has filed a writ in court, which she is fighting alone.
But checks by this paper revealed that no such case has been sent to court by the MP.
The MP at one of the gatherings accused the ruling NDC of being an insensitive party that does not have pity on the poor in society, and urged the residents to vote against the NDC in the coming election.
Adjei Kojo, is a stronghold of the NDC.
Mr. Kumado said, he identified Tema West NPP Constituency executives, such as the Constituency secretary, the youth organizer, including some key members of the NPP, moving from one location to the other in the company of Naa Torshie.
Meanwhile, officials the TDC, have told The Herald that the Corporation is not planning any demolishing on the over 950-acre land occupied by the encroachers, but rather is going ahead to regularize the acquisitions.
Head of TDC Communication, Dorothy Asare-Kumah told The Herald that the demolition exercise was specifically meant to clear illegal structures on waterways, drainage and roads, and this was achieved during the last exercise and there were no plans to continue.
She welcomed the Parliamentary probe and expressed sadness at the deliberate misinformation being churned out in the area, especially against the TDC.
Indeed, Officials of TDC plans releasing a press statement later today, announcing their readiness to assist the Parliamentary Committee probing the exercise.