The Member of Parliament for Effutu, Alexander Afenyo-Markin, has been cautioned by a group calling itself the Concerned Youth and Citizens of Effutu Constituency to desist from “deliberately peddling falsehood” about the legacies of his predecessor.
The group claimed they have keenly been monitoring radio discussions of the MP, but instead of focusing on issues that would develop the constituency, he chose to “basterdise” the former MP, Mr. Mike Hammah.
“It is quite clear that Hon Alex Afenyo Markin has taken it upon himself to rewrite the history of Effutuland negatively through his unfortunate political activities and pronouncements for his parochial interests,” a leading member of the group, Emmanuel Oboe Baiden said at a press conference on Wednesday.
According to Mr Baiden, claims by Afenyo-Markin that Mr. Hammah did nothing for the area during his tenure “smacks of intellectual dishonesty, political hypocrisy and societal disunity”.
He contested the claims by citing a number of development projects executed by Mike Hammah as the Member of Parliament for Effutu which included economic and educational infrastructure such as roads, water, electricity, markets and schools.
Touching on education, he mentioned the construction of 6-unit classroom block for the people of Atekyedo; footing the registration fees of over 700 BECE candidates, the establishment of MIHA Education Trust Fund without which, he said, some talents in the area would have gone waste.
“As concerned citizens, it behooves on us to debunk lies being spewed in the system and set records straight on the contributions of prominent citizens of the land. Failure to do so, posterity shall judge us harshly. We can boldly say that Hon Mike Hammah is one of the prominent sons of Effutu whose contributions cannot be undermined or forgotten.”
He accused the MP of presenting himself as the best in terms of development in the constituency having led them for just two years, which Mr. Baiden described as “not only wrong but laughable”.
Mr Baiden also took time to remind Mr Afenyo-Markin on the many challenges confronting the Efutuland as well as his “overwhelming” promises made to them, which included lobbying for a plant for water works to ensure regular flow of water, setting up cold stores in fishing communities and constructing drainage systems and roads for Kojo Beedu, Komfo Addae, Fetteh and Kokobim.
He concluded his statement noting: “Mike Hammah is a household name in Winneba, any attempt to erase it through dubious means will not be countenanced! We are very pleased that Hon Mike Hammah does not engage in these frivolous allegations, useless accusations and counter accusation, and fruitless utterances. The time has come for the people of Effutu to reflect very well and rediscover our solution for the future of our land. For a country that does not honour its heroes, is not worth dying for.”
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