All nine assembly members in Kwadaso constituency in the Ashanti Region are fighting the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area over who has the right to take credit for ongoing and completed development projects.
While the assembly members went to be credited for the projects, the MP, Dr. Owusu Afriyie-Akoto told Weekend Finder that the assembly members do not have the clout to lobby for projects.
The assembly members are angry because they want to take credit for the projects to seek re-election in the upcoming district level elections.
They accuse the MP of taking credit for projects to seek re-election in 2016.
The aggrieved assembly members include Eric Asibe, assemblyman for Kwadaso Nsuom, Kofi Karikari, assemblyman for Tanoso, Osei Sarfo Kantanka, assemblyman for Kwadaso Proper.
The rest are Joseph Dankwa, assemblyman for Asuyeboa; George Ansah, assemblyman for Apatrapa; Abro Asare assemblyman for Kwadaso Nsia Asare; Alex Bediako assemblyman for Agric and A.A. Owusu Ansah, assemblyman for Nzema.
Eric Asibe assemblyman for Kwadaso Nsuom spokesperson for the nine assembly members explained that the ongoing Kwadaso road projects were the result of years of pressure the assembly members exerted on the Directed of Urban Roads.
He pointed out that at the General Assembly meeting of the Kumasi Metropolitan Assembly (KMA) last year, the Urban Roads Director announced government commitment’s plans for projects in all sub metros in the metropolis including the Kwadao constituency.
He therefore accused the Kwadaso MP of deceiving the public by claiming that through his efforts deplorable roads in the electoral areas were being rehabilitated and constructed.
Mr. Asibe alleged that during the 2012 electioneering campaign the MP on several occasions at different communities assured natives that it is not his responsibility to construct roads but rather that of assembly members.
He also alleged that Dr. Afriyei-Akoto never attended any Assembly meeting since becoming MP in the year 2008 and therefore has no idea of development plans of the KMA.
The assemblyman for Kwadaso Nusom said while MPs in the region have distributed one hundred and fifty street lights to every assembly in their constituency Dr. Afriyie-Akoto has not yet done so.
Dr. Afriyie-Akoto debunked all the allegations and insists that the assembly members do not have the clout to lobby for projects.