Police prevented some residents and workers at the Suame magazine from attacking Ghana’s Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu.
The parliamentarian, who has become the subject of a protest over the bad nature of the Suame-Maakro-Afrancho stretch of the Kumasi-Techiman road, had attempted to address residents in the area on Monday (July 19) after the contractor resumed work on that stretch.
The angry mob booed, shooed and chanted “NPP away”, as some threw various items in his direction, accusing Mr. Kyei Mensah-Bonsu – who has been representing his constituents for the past 28 years – of neglect.
But the politician is urging calm as he attributed the slow pace of work on the road to the acute shortage of bitumen.
“The Ministry of Roads and Highways awarded a contract to a contractor to refurbish and reconstruct the road. The contractor started work and unfortunately, midway, he experienced acute shortage of bitumen and having waited for about two weeks he had to undertake to go to La Cote D’Ivoire to procure bitumen to complete the work. So in the next three days the hope is that he will be applying the asphalt and hopefully in the next two or three weeks he should finish with it.”
He also said he understood the anger of his constituents.
“If they are really angry that it has been a while since the scraping of the surface and the dust is killing them, certainly when they see any government official, they will vent their spleen on the person. So I am not worried,” Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said.
The MP was whisked away into a police vehicle after the address.
SOURCE: DAILY MAIL GH