The flagbearer of the National Democratic Congress (NDC), John Dramani Mahama has made a passionate appeal to chiefs to critically examine promises the Akufo Addo led administration has been making to them particularly ‘late’ sod cutting ahead of the 2020 general elections.
The former president urged the chiefs to ask questions when the President and the Vice President visit their areas to cut sods for new projects to begin.
Mr. Mahama outlined that during sod-cutting ceremonies, chiefs should inquire if such projects have been captured by government in the 2020 budget.
Among others he also urged chiefs to ask if such projects have been sent to Parliament and loan arrangements made for such projects or not.
Speaking at the NDC’s town hall meeting in Kumasi on Tuesday, September 15, 2020, former President Mahama described such sod-cutting ceremonies as “Sakawa” or “419”.
He was of the view that the government has been embarking on a number of sod cutting ceremonies in recent times just to deceive the public in order to win their votes.
“Lately, the President and his Vice have been going round to cut the sod for various projects without having contractors on site. They only bring the equipment to the site just for the sod-cutting ceremony and return them when the President leaves. So it is just for deception. It is Sakawa. It is 419″, he said.