The people of Nkotompo, near Sekondi, are fuming with rage against President John Dramani Mahama for allegedly refusing to grace a durbar organised by the chief and people of the fishing community in his honour last Tuesday.
The President was in the Western Region last Tuesday for a brief working visit during which he visited Atuabo to inspect the progress of work at the gas project. He later inspected some other ongoing government projects in the Sekondi-Takoradi Metropolis.
The President was accompanied by Inussah Fuseini, Roads and Highway Minister.
The chief and people of Nkontompo were apparently informed by some NDC kingpins in the area that the President would be at Nkotompo to inspect an ongoing sea defence project as part of his brief working visit to some parts of the region on Tuesday.
DAILY GUIDE gathered that the people of Nkotompo, upon receiving the message that the President would be visiting their community, organised a massive clean-up exercise, particularly along the beach, to make the place clean in anticipation of the arrival of the President.
According to sources, since the President was to visit other areas before visiting Nkotompo, the chief of the area, Nana Atepe, and his subjects gathered at a durbar at about 2pm, waiting for the arrival of the President.
However, the chief and the people waited till about 6pm, but the President did not show up.
The people, visibly unhappy with the trend of events, were wondering why the NDC activists in the community deceived the chief and the elders of the area.
Some of the people also wondered how the NDC activists in the area knew that the visit to Nkotompo was part of the President?s itinerary.
DAILY GUIDE learnt that at a point the chief and the elders wanted to leave the durbar grounds but were asked to exercise patience. They were reportedly given the assurance that the first gentleman of the land would definitely visit the area.
However, when it was about 6pm and there was no sign of the President, the chief and the opinion leaders in the area left the durbar grounds.
According to some of the residents, if the NDC members in the area wanted the people of Nkotompo to organise a clean-up exercise at the shore, they should have made it clear to them, instead of deceiving them that the President was visiting.
Ekow Appiah, a resident in the area, who claimed he was present at the durbar grounds, confirmed the story to DAILY GUIDE in an interview.
He pointed out that he was sad that the chief and elders of the community had to sit at the durbar grounds for close to three hours without the President showing up.
Speaking to SKYY POWER FM in Takoradi, Timothy Mensah, an active member of the NDC in the Sekondi Constituency, indicated that even though the President had his itinerary, the NDC in the area also had information that the President would visit Nkotompo to inspect the progress of work on the sea defence wall.
When asked who gave him that information, the Sekondi NDC kingpin indicated that the information came from Accra but failed to mention who in particular gave the information.
He told listeners that it was around 3pm that a message came that the President would not be able to visit Nkotompo and so the chiefs were accordingly informed and they left the durbar grounds.
According to Timothy Mensah, later some elders of the party went to the chief and thanked him for accepting their invitation to be at the grounds and apologised for the President?s failure to visit the community.
From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi