No Drinking Water, No Vote: Awutu People Threaten Boycott Of Upcoming Polls

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No Water No Vote
No Water

Source: Oheneba Ademah Ebenezer

As the Presidential and Parliamentary elections are inching closer, residents of Awutu Kwao Amoako in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region are staging protests over the lack of clean drinking water in their community.

Protesting villagers have warned the government, the electoral commission, opposition political parties, and all stakeholders about boycotting the December polls over the unavailability of clean water, good roads, and schools.

No Water No Vote
No Water No Vote

“Ghana is 67 years old. Most communities across the country lack uncountable social amenities yet the innocent Ghanaians who vote political parties into power continue to live in abject poverty. But the ruling government officials wallow in affluence,” the opinion leaders and people of Awutu Kwao Amoako have made these observations.

They disclosed that most residents in that underprivileged community face several challenges: drivers struggle to do business on the bumpy, rugged, and dusty roads. When it rains, the roads become muddy, making it difficult to ferry passengers and goods from one destination to another. Sometimes, the vehicles break down and the drivers have to trek a long distance in search of tow trucks, or to find a mechanic to fix the problem. Pregnant women aboard the vehicles, especially those in labor sometimes lose their unborn babies to bad roads; the lack of potable water compels parents and their words, and animals to drink from the same source of still yet contaminated water, which leads to sickness; and the unavailability of educational facilities cause children to walk several kilometers before going to school.

Concerning this, the Nananom, elders, and residents of Awutu Kwao Amoako in the Awutu Senya West District of the Central Region have warned to resist any attempts by the Electoral Commission of Ghana, the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP), and the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to coax or coerce the citizens to exercise their franchise come December 7, 2024.

No Water No Vote
No Water No Vote

According to Chief Nai Kwame Quaye I, the government’s failure to address the challenges of the Awutu Kwao Amoako community forces them to abstain from participating in the democratic process by voting for ‘liars’ who ascend to leadership positions only to enrich themselves at the expense of the poor.

A press statement signed by Chief Nai noted, “Always when they come to plead for a vote, they also promise to solve our problems. But after winning the elections, they turn their back on us. We continue to struggle, but they and their families live in luxury, spending the poor taxpayers’ money indiscriminately. So, this time round, we have decided to boycott the elections in our area.”

“We want all development stakeholders to come to our aid and help us before our people can vote,” the statement concluded.

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