The Member of Parliament (MP) for Tarkwa Nsuaem, George Mireku Duker, has incurred the wrath of the Chiefs and people of Wassa Dompem in the Western Region, after he deployed used armed police and military personnel to stop the construction of an ultra-modern toilet for the community.
Heavily armed soldiers on Friday disrupted a sod-cutting ceremony to begin the construction of a 20-seater WC funded by the National Democratic Congress (NDC) parliamentary candidate for Tarkwa Nsuaem constituency, John Justice Abban.
According to the residents, the soldiers who were sent by Mr Duker refused to listen to the chiefs except to sack all participants from the venue.
Reports state that Mireku Duker, after winning the 2016 parliamentary elections, cares less about the plights of the very people whom he represents in the law-making chamber. He is believed to have intimidated the NDC candidate because he has become popular in the area because of the incumbent MP’s incompetence and arogance.
Narrating the incident to Myxyzonline.com, the Tufohene (Advisor) of the Dompem Pepesa Traditional Area, Nana Awuah Kuampong VII said it was rather unfortunate that the MP, under whose orders of the armed men “disgraced the chiefs” disrupted the programme.
He said Mr Duker and the Municipal Chief Executive of Tarkwa Nsuaem, Benjamin Kesse, all hail from Dompem, but had failed to build a community toilet for the people after numerous calls from Chiefs to their offices.
“Their action is highly unacceptable because we begged them to help us construct the toilet for the people but they did not honour our call only for the NDC candidate who is seeking to be MP for the area to be ambushed and humiliated this,” Nana Kuampong VII fumed.
“He [Mireku Duker] is ashamed that he did not build the toilet for the people but a mere citizen without government resources had to take the bold step,” he added.
On his part, the Chief of Dompem Pepesa Traditional Area, Nana Nyowah Panyin IV, bemoaned the act of the MP and the MCE, whom he described as irresponsible. He added that there is no public toilet in community which has led to open defecation in some areas, hence the gesture from Mr Abban was welcomed especially as he had provided blocks and sand on the land they had handed to him for the project.
“The NDC parliamentary candidate John Justice Abban had purchased 4000 pieces of blocks, sand, gravels, iron rods and cement for the project only for it to end this way,” Nana emphasized.
He wondered why the MP and MCE acted that way because the necessary arrangements had been made and building permit had been obtained from the Municipal Assembly for the project to proceed on.
Some of the community members who spoke to Power News condemned the MP, saying he has not helped to bring development in the area.
They have since asked the MP to render an unqualified apology to the Chiefs and the people. One of the opinion leaders stressed that “we will go ahead to build the toilet and we will face anyone squarely, be it police officers or armed military men who will dare intimidate us.”