The Zongo Movement for Change (ZOMOC) has asked the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to put forth an alternative programme for the Zongo communities and stop, as it put it, the desperate efforts at ridiculing the progressive Zongo Development Fund (ZDF) proposed by the New Patriotic Party (NPP).
The ZDF is a development policy aimed at bridging the development gap in Zongo communities and was recently announced by Dr Mahamudu Bawumia on behalf of Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo, the NPP Presidential Candidate for the 2016 General Election.
“We can understand the NDC’s panic reaction to this well-laid out policy by Nana Akufo-Addo for two simple reasons:
1. The NDC’s neglect and constant deceit of Zongo communities.
2. The overwhelming acceptance of the NPP’s ZDF by Zongo communities since it was announced.”
The statement was jointly signed by the publicity committee of the movement made up of Khalid Abdul-Kadir Mainasara, Mohammed Hashir-Issah, Abdul-Rahman Cisse and Abdul-Raheem Musa who said that “the NDC has been hit and unsettled by the massive support Zongo communities throughout the country have accorded the NPP throughout the community tours of Dr Mahamudu Bawumia.”
Every sincere political party seeking the mandate of its people to govern must not do so with propaganda and empty rhetoric, the movement said pointing out that “it must do so sincerely with a bold, achievable policy such as the NPP has done with the ZDF.”
As serious as the NPP is, the ZDF policy has become its working document for seeking the mandate of Zongo communities in the 2016 Presidential and Parliamentary elections, the movement stated.
“Campaigning for elections is a serious business which should not be reduced to child’s play, propaganda and deceit,” the statement noted adding that “it should be about policies and alternative policies to help electorates decide.”
ZOMOC has, in view of the foregone, urged the NDC to stop what it describes as the ludicrous theatrics of running down the NPP’s ZDF policy without any alternative policy for Zongo communities.
For a party that has ruled Ghana for the past seven years and nearly half of Ghana’s independence without any tangible policy to develop Zongo communities, it went on, “the NDC should have been the first to commend the NPP for such a positive step of having a major policy focusing on Zongo communities.”
The movement recalled previous programmes which the NDC said were impossible to implement but ended adopting with negative results, a case in point being, as it said, “the free SHS”
Developing Zongo communities is not about distributing sugar and rice during Eid celebrations they said, saying that “it is a great insult for any political party to imagine that distributing freebies to our communities during Eid and prior to elections is akin to development.”