Tuesday, September 1, 2015

Ghana: Assembly elections: Irate Nkoranza youth invoke curses on entire voters

The aggrieved customers of some suspended microfinance institutions in Nkoranza have extended the curses placed on the upcoming district level elections to cover the entire voting process in the Brong-Ahafo region.

The group continued their agitations against government and Bank of Ghana with a mammoth demonstration in Nkoranza on Monday, where they invoked a powerful local deity ‘Tom Kramo’ to deal with everyone who moves out to cast their ballot come September 1, 2015.

Thousands of customers of DKM Microfinance, God Is Love Fun Club and Care For Humanity, are out on the streets to express their displeasure over the failure of authorities to intercede on their behalf and ensure their monies are paid them after the Bank of Ghana (BOG) suspended the operations of these institutions for various violations.

Following the suspension of these ‘companies’, various calls and appeals by affected clients for authorities to help in retrieving their monies have fallen on deaf ears and this explains the group’s recent actions.

Only last week, the concerned customers invoked the dreaded Ashanti deity, ‘Antoa Nyamaa’ on tomorrow’s district assembly elections and chased out the Brong-Ahafo and Local Government Ministers from the town when  the two went there to engage local authorities on an upcoming National Sanitation Exercise.

But the leader of the aggrieved customers, Nana Nyarko Ababio, told our correspondent that the group did not intend to chase out or attack the ministers. Rather, they went to the district assembly offices to register their concerns and frustrations about the turn of events and were very disappointed the ministers misconstrued their actions.

The Sanaahene of Nkoranza who spoke on behalf of the Omanhene urged the group to remain calm, but was quick to add that the group’s intransigence to back down is born out of the untold hardships they are having to contend with.

Meanwhile, the security situation has pushed the Electoral Commission to postpone the elections in both the Nkoranza North and South districts until further notice.


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