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The Youths of Mpohor yesterday Tuesday 5th of July, 2022 embarked on a peaceful demonstration to register their displeasure over the failure of this Government to construct the only major road that links the District Capital, Mpohor to the city and other neighboring Districts. We may recall, on the 31st of May, 2022, a youth group known as “Mpohor Youth for Development” issued a press statement appealing to the Government and also urged the Member of Parliament for the area Hon John Abban Aboah Sanie to foster the negotiations to bring back the contractor to the road but all their efforts proved futile looking as if our leaders have turned deaf ears to our plea.
It is on record, that the president Nana Addo Danquah Akufo Addo on the 10th of June, 2018 cut sod for the construction of the said road thus Kejabil to Mpohor about eleven (11) kilometers. He promised at a durbar with the Chiefs and the good people of Mpohor to construct the road within eighteen (18) months but up till date the road is not constructed.
Some few months after election 2020, Justmoh Construction Ltd who is the second contractor to have seen on the road also left the road with his all equipment and machines leaving not even a head pan behind. And one could imagine how the situation on the road would be deteriorated especially during this raining season where some of the portions of the road were graded and filled with clay without tearing. The situation on the road sometimes become serious that the good people of the district including those who would want to go to Mpohor have no option than to walk. At times no vehicle could move from Mpohor to Takoradi and the vice versa for days.
It is for this pathetic situation that the Youths and some opinion leaders including Assembly Members of the area and the Community Youths Chief (Mbrantsehene) yesterday embarked on a peaceful demonstration. The demonstration begun peacefully with the support of the District Police Commander of the area and his men ensuring order and protection for the demonstrators. In about an hour to the end of the demonstration, we just saw some military men in uniforms and with guns and other weapons deployed to the scene. They began beating, canning and brutalizing some of the youths mercilessly. They even went ahead and chased the demonstrators to the bush and then went to the town of Mpohor leaving the demonstration spot and started beating up any youth they came across on the street to the extent went to a washing bay around where some guys were washing cars and started beating them up. The aphoring part of it is they went further to even beat up some store keepers in their shops who were not even part of the demonstrators. Some even sustained severe injuries and were taken to the hospital. The military men bunched into people’s vehicles and started taking their belongings in the vehicle. And later arrested about eleven (11) of the demonstrators and put them in the Mpohor Police cells refused to release them and later transferred them to an unknown place in the regional capital.
The NDC is by this statement, condemning this barbaric act by the military, in this 21st century where and why should people be brutalized for nothing but just for exercising their constitutional rights. This is unacceptable and must not be condoned. We are also calling on the Regional Minister, our MP and DCE to openly condemn this scrupulous behaviour and punish those culpable to redeem themselves that they had no hand in this. We gave them power to foster development and not for us to become slaves and victims of the same power we gave them. We the NDC are of the view that our MP, DCE including the Regional Minister are aware of the deployment of these military men to brutalize our innocent youths because, there can’t be deployment of military men to the district without the consent of the Regional Minister who is the Chairman for the Regional Security Council (RESEC) and the DCE who is also the Chairman for the District Security Council (DISEC). But they should know that power is not permanent, power is transient.
#Free the 11 youths now
#Mpohor Deserves Development, Not Brutalization and intimidations
Daniel Mawuli Agbesi
(Constituency Communication Officer, NDC)
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