Osofo kyiri Abosom Launches Party Manifesto

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The Manifesto Launch by the Ghana Union Movement shows a greater threat to the largest political parties in Ghana, namely the largest opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) and the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the upcoming general elections.

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Ghanaian Voice correspondent reports that the Ghana Union Movement (GUM) has over the weekend exhibited a unique and historic opportunity ahead of this years’ election.

It is obvious that Ghanaians has had enough of NDC and NPP style of governance. This came to light during the launch of the party’s manifesto held in Accra where most of the party sympathizers expressed their readiness to voluntarily campaign and vote for GUM.

The enthusiasm from young men and women at the manifesto launch tells the story of how majority of Ghanaians are fed up with the two largest political parties.

The founder and leader of the GUM, Pastor Christian Kwabena Andrew also known as Osofuo Kyiri Abosom was hilled by the teaming sympathizers with a strong majority Ghanaians for his bid to bring back the ideology of the country’s first President Osagyfo Dr. Kwame Nkrumah.

Many Ghanaian voters believe he is a man to redeem Ghana from poverty and starvation suffered in the hands of NDC and NPP.

The founder and leader of the party addressed Ghanaians that he will revive all the factories built by Dr. Kwame Nkrumah and ensure that the ideology of Nkrumah becomes his number one priority.

The leader of GUM promise to create more jobs for the teaming unemployed Ghanaians, construct more roads, provide educational infrastructure, hospitals, improve on security, agriculture, free electricity for all Ghanaians and among many other promises.

With barely ten months to election, many voters who once embraced NDC and NPP are now openly showing their support to GUM.

It is interesting that many Ghanaian voters are not looking to the NDC and NPP but rather looking elsewhere which is GUM.

The Ghana Union Movement, in my view, is a greater threat to the NPP getting re-elected than the NDC are.

A significant number of Ghanaians who voted for NPP in 2016 are saying they are prepared to vote for GUM since the NPP have failed in job creation and meeting the basic needs of the ordinary people and are also prepared to consider voting GUM for Ghana to have a third political force.

Expressing his concerned on the fight against Illegal Small Scale Mining (Galamsey) the leader of Ghana Union Movement (GUM), revealed that President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and the NPP have lied to Ghanaians that the NPP administration has fought against illegal small scale mining activities in the eight mining prone regions in the country which hitherto had largely made negative effects on the water water bodies and forest range reserves.

According to him President Akuffo-Addo claiming to have minimised the activities of illegal small scale mining was completely lies and political propaganda to throw dust into the eyes of Ghanaians.

He said the president has failed Ghanaians in the fight against the menace which is still putting economic burden on the Ghana Water Company Limited.

He noted that checks from various mining communities indicated that the destruction of water bodies and forest range reserves through the illegal activities of the miners were rather worst under the current President Akuffo-Addo administration.

He asserted that the claims by the President to have set up a taskforce of joint military and police team to arrest galamseyers who will flout the law was rather waste of tax payers money since the taskforce came to worst the situation.

He added that although the sitting government led by President Akufo-Addo in 2017 waged a war against galamayers by issuing a ban, in its bid to protect the country’s water bodies which were being depleted due to galamsey, the current regime he said has witnessed spate and upsurge of illegal mining, known in Ghanaian parlance as “Galamsey.”

According to him, President Akufo-Addo”s efforts of placing the ban on the small scale mining activities, were just a face serving exercise, ostensibly to give due advantage to some top chiefs of the New Patriotic Party (NPP) to enrich themselves.

The leader of GUM promise that he will legalize galamsey if elected as president in 2020 general elections.

He explained that galamseyers –illegal small scale miners, in the country will return to mining sites if he becomes President

According to him, it is pointless for galamseyers to wallow in poverty when they can work to cater for their families.

Osofo Kyiriabosom said he will put in place measures that will offer galamsyers the opportunity to work again without destroying water bodies.

He explained that his government will supply the galamseyers equipment to reclaim the lands and reserve it for the future generation and for other profitable ventures.

He called on the galamseyers who have become unemployed due to the actions by the government to vote massively for him in the 2020 general elections.

“Ghana belongs to all of us, so galamseyers will return to the field when I become President in 2021, after their operations, we will give them excavators to cover the pits that will be created after the mining, and then, we will plant trees on the used lands. We will only allow them to go to the lands and not where water bodies are,” Osofo Kyiriabosom said.

Fuming with rage, he blamed President Akufo-Addo of reducing the Community Mining Programme (CMP) which was launched by him in Wassa Akropong, Western Region on Wednesday, July 25, 2019 to formalise artisanal and small-scale gold mining activities in selected communities across the country to political mire where only those with NPP affinity are being considered.

He indicated that some former illegal small-scale gold miners (ex-galamseyers) who were trained by the government to benefit from the programme have been denied their mining operating permit licenses.

According to him, the licenses for the programme which were to be given to the former illegal small-scale gold miners were rather being issued to few ex-galamseyers who are identified as members and supporters of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) without recourse to the law governing mining activities.

He noted that some of top officials of the NPP who are not supposed to benefit from the programme had rather secured mining operating permit license illegally to embark on the programme meant for ex-galamseyers (youth) who hitherto became redundant due to the ban on illegal small-scale mining activities.

According to him, the miners find it extremely difficult to secure the mining operating license to carry out the community mining programme although they have gone through the rightful processes and procedures of collecting the environmental permit license from the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA).

By: Mustapha Faisal

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