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Hon Muntaka Undermines Veep


Veep John Mahama and Muntaka MubarakAN ATTEMPT by Vice President John Dramani Mahama to organize inhabitants of the Zongo communities in the country for his 2012 presidential ambition has run into danger.

This follows assiduous efforts by the toppled Minister of Youth and Sports, Alhaji Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak, to incapacitate the well calculated move.

The organization, which has been entrusted in the hands of Alhaji Ahmed Ibrahim, Chief Wangara who doubles as President of the Ashanti Region Council of Zongo Chiefs, is aimed at building a solid support base for the Vice President.

Under the auspices of Alhaji Ibrahim, chiefs, elders and representatives of Zongo communities in the country were scheduled to hold their first ever conference at the Jackson Park in Kumasi on Saturday, January 9, 2010 to brainstorm on the way forward for their organization and mandate.

But classified information reaching DAILY GUIDE stipulated that the scheduled conference has been postponed indefinitely following stiff opposition from the Zongo caucus of the NDC.

Led by Hon. Muntaka, the Zongo caucus held a meeting at Bombay, a suburb of the Asawase Constituency on Sunday, January 3 2010, and made a resolution not to allow the said conference to take place.

The beef of the Zongo caucus, according to insiders, is that they do not understand why as a recognized wing of the NDC, the Vice President should pass them by and give such an organization to the Wangara chief.

According to sources, the Zongo caucus is of the opinion that if the Vice President has any intention to organize the Zongo communities for any cause, they are the right group to be consulted because they are recognized in the ruling party.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that members of the Zongo caucus, including Hon. Muntaka, are irritated because the Vice President’s action was an affront to their solidarity with the party.

Hon. Muntaka, the paper learned, is particularly furious because as a representative of a Zongo community in Parliament he was not consulted for this organization.

Meanwhile, information available to the paper indicates that Chief Ahmed’s decision to lead the organization has caused cracks in the Council of Zongo Chiefs, with those belonging to other parties threatening to break away.

Their concern, as DAILY GUIDE learnt, is that the council is not political; therefore they do not understand why the President should accept a responsibility which is highly political.

From Morgan Owusu, Kumasi

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