The Sarkin Zongo of Old Tafo, Alhaji Seidu Chibsah, has stated that of all the manifestos launched by the various political parties in this election year, the only manifesto which contains a specific programme for the development of Zongo communities across the country is that of the New Patriotic Party.
According to Alhaji Seidu Chibsah, “we, in Tafo Zongo, are extremely delighted with the NPP’s Zongo Development Fund. We know you have thought through it and we know you will administer this fund to the benefit of every resident in Zongo communities.”
The Tafo Zongo Chief made this known on Friday, October 21, 2016, when Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on him, as part of the NPP flagbearer’s campaign tour of the Old Tafo constituency.
Alhaji Seidu Chibsah noted that even though Chiefs are not allowed by law to participate in active, partisan politics, the law does not bar them from expressing their concerns regarding the governance of the country.
“If things are not going on well with the nation, we have every right to voice out our concerns in this regard. We are Ghanaians, we pay our taxes, so we have every right to speak out when things are not going on well in the country,” he said.
To this end, the Tafo Zongo Chief indicated that “I am in full support of the development theory the NPP has outlined. The NPP wants to encourage and stimulate the growth in the private sector, through the reduction and abolition of some taxes, so that businesses can expand. That is the way to go. When this is done, jobs will be created, and then government can tax businesses.”
Alhaji Seidu Chibsah stressed that, as a government, “you don’t tax businesses from the onset. If you do so, how will they grow? Is it surprising, therefore, that Ghanaian businesses are suffering, and the people in our respective communities don’t have jobs to do?”
On the selection of Dr. Bawumia as NPP vice Presidential candidate since 2008, Alhaji Seidu Chibsah expressed his appreciation to Nana Akufo-Addo for sticking to one of their own for 3 consecutive elections.
“We now understand why you have selected Dr. Bawumia as your running mate. To us Muslims, Dr. Bawumia has become a shining light and a star. We want you to continue holding him close to your heart,” he added.
“Akufo-Addo is not Corrupt” – Tafo Hene
Prior to his visit to the Sarkin Zongo, Nana Akufo-Addo paid a courtesy call on the Chief of Tafo, Nana Agyen Frimpong II, who described Nana Akufo-Addo, as someone who is not corrupt.
According to Tafo Chief, “I know Nana Akufo-Addo. He is not corrupt, and he eschews all forms of all corrupt practices. If there’s any truth in voting, then God will glorify Himself in this year’s election.”
The Chief of Tafo, in his brief remarks, expressed worry about the fact that “voters, who are in a hurry to cast their ballot, end up voting wrongly. So I am urging my people to take their time, and vote wisely in this year’s elections. No one should waste his vote.”
On the lack of economic activity in his town, Nana Agyen Frimpong II noted that institutions like the Kumasi Wesley College, Suame Magazine, amongst others, which are all situated on the lands of the Tafo stool, are not under the oversight control of the Tafo stool.
“The only notable thing here, which is still within our control, is the Tafo cemetery. Nana when you win, I want you to help elevate Tafo. This town can no longer be classified, even, as a municipality. Tafo is now a sub-metropolis. When Tafo is elevated, Ghana will also be elevated,” he said.
To this end, Nana Agyen Frimpong II urged the NPP flagbearer to site ventures which will create economic activity within the township, and also create jobs for the teeming masses of unemployed youth in Old Tafo, when he wins the December election.
“Our prayer is for God to elect a President who is coming to work for all Ghanaians, so we can get peace. We will pray for you (Akufo-Addo), so God and our ancestors grant you victory in this year’s elections,” the Tafo Chief concluded.
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