The communication bureau of the NDC in the Sawla- Tuna-Kalba constituency of the Savannah Region has called on investigative agencies to as a matter of urgency investigate the Agricultural directorate of the district over reprisal attacks that characterized the just ended farmers day celebration held at Kalba.
In a release signed by the party Communication’ s Officer, Mr Kipo Elijah Bakar, said the annual farmers celebration in in the District has been politically coloured marring its beauty in the area.
According to the release the NPP constituency chairman, Mr Fuseini Mohammed was attached and beaten at Kalba over who becomes the District best farmer.
Read full the full release by the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba NDC below;
7th November, 2020
“UNSUCCESSFUL FARMERS’ DAY CELEBRATION OF SAWLA-TUNA-KALBA DISTRICT”
The bloody and politically coloured attempted Farmers’ Day Celebration of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba is another classical example of the politicization and bastardization of the state agencies.
The NDC of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba condemns the violence and attacks meted out on the NPP constituency chairman, Mr. Fuseini Mohammed and others.
The NPP constituency organizer, Mr. Adams Abu and youth organizer Mr. Sakara Adam (SK) were rescued by their own feet despite the presence of the heavy police.
The National Farmers’ Day was instituted by the government of Ghana ( PNDC) in 1985 in recognition of the vital role farmers and fishers play in the Ghanaian economy. It is to motivate our gallant farmers.
However, this package has suddenly become an event for awarding party cronies recently. The celebration is now done by party top hierarchy of the district and not the agricultural directorate.
We humbly call on all the investigative agencies to quickly investigate the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba agricultural directorate.
The issues of the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba agric directorate are too many and yesterday’s bloody attacks were the results of some.
In 2018, the name of the District Best Farmer was changed at the event ground. Also, the NPP chairman, Mr. Fuseini Mohammed accused the agricultural directorate of over 500 missing bags of fertilizer meant for “Planting for Food and Jobs” , this story is published on the dailies.
In 2019, Motorcycles meant for the agric extension officers got missing. Also, within same year, the District Best Farmer, Mr. Bukari Tingbani was replaced with Mr. Gbum Anboon, the NPP branch (polling station) chairman for Sogoyiri.
On 7th January, 2020 the NDC of Sawla held a press conference on the above issues, and we were vindicated by yesterday’s unsuccessful event.
Even though documents (attached) intercepted by the Intelligence and Research unit of the NDC has Mr. Bukari Tungbani as the District Best Farmer, he was replaced with Mr. Adams Abu, the NPP constituency organizer and that got the programme truncated with violence and hooliganism.
We recall in 2019, Mr. Bukari Tungbani alleged he was directed to give GHC2000 before the award could be presented to him. His failure to pay that bribe denied him the award.
Also, Mr. Bukari has confirmed to the NDC communication officer for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba, Mr. Kipo Elijah Bakari that, at yesterday’s event, he was told to quickly bring GHC3000 for that same award. He said he was disappointed with the whole initiative and was not ready to pay even though three days to the event he was chosen as the Best Farmer.
Mr. Martin Gala, the agric director has allowed political interference and manipulation of his outfit and he may face the wrath of the people if he doesn’t sit up.
The Agric Director and Planning Committee of the 36th District version National Farmers’ Day Celebration must be summoned by DISEC for questioning and to prevent reprisal attacks.
We wish to inform all stakeholders that Mr. Bukari Tingbani is ready to honour any interview or invitation regarding this issue.
We demand quick answers on the following:
1. Why has the District Best Farmer award scheme suddenly become an NPP award?
2. What called for the heavy security presence of the event?
3.Why was the high table “packed” with NPP apparatchiks?
4. Why was Mr. Bukari Tungbani replaced with Mr. Adams Abu?
5. Why was the awardee escorted with the Ghana Police Service ?
The 36th National Farmers’ Day Celebration of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba was another event to showcase the violence of the NPP.
We are glad to inform the people of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba that, it was the last event by this government and the next NDC government, 2021 will bring sanity to this initiative.
We wish the NPP chairman and others a speedy recovery.
It was a “bye bye ” fight
Kipo Elijah Bakar
NDC communication Officer