Residents of Wapuli in the Saboba District of the Northern Region have cautioned politicians not to take them for granted. They accuse politicians of discriminating among community members with favours and reneging on their promises after they are voted into power. Wapuli, a predominantly a farming community unfortunately has issues with reaping the maximum benefits of their labour after harvest as a result of bad roads linking them to major towns and markets.
The residents could not hide their disappointment in successive governments during a civic engagement forum with parliamentary candidates of the constituency. The forum was organized over the weekend by a non governmental organization, Youth Empowerment for Life under its project, “Youth Speak Up”. It brought together four candidates –Mr Charles B. Bintin(NPP), Mr Adam Abdullah (PPP), Nkikinah Jalulah and Nakoja K. Samuel both independent candidates.
The forum was postponed twice due to excuses from the incumbent Member of Parliament, Mr Joseph Bukari (NDC) yet he was still not available for scrutiny by his constituents D-Day. Residents were visibly disappointed as most of their concerns were meant for Mr. Bukari.
They complained about the quality of water, which they share with cattle. A sample of their drinking water was brought to the forum for all to witness.
The coordinator for the Youth Speak Up project , Mr Clement Boateng said the forum is meant to afford communities the opportunity to discuss their development challenges with their candidates. He said it was also aimed at preserving and promoting peace and peaceful coexistence among community members and people serving in public office especially politicians. According to him, this would also enable residents to hold them accountable in the event of default.
Residents quizzed their parliamentary candidates on how they intend to address the community’s numerous developmental challenges should any of them win the contest on December 7.
The candidates each took terns to respond to their concerns and why they should be voted for.
The candidates also reiterated their commitment to preserving peace before, during and after the elections, with a peace pledge.
Report by: Alima Bawah