The Ghanaian government has refuted allegations that the recent infrastructural developments in the Kumawu Constituency are intended to influence voters ahead of the upcoming by-election. The town, which had previously seen limited development, has witnessed significant progress in recent days, with the paving of numerous untarred roads and the construction of new ones. However, opposition party National Democratic Congress (NDC) and some residents claim that these projects are a form of vote-buying. In response, Kwesi Amoako Atta, the Minister of Roads and Highways, emphasized that the projects were already planned and underway before the by-election was announced.
Minister Amoako Atta addressed journalists, asserting that the road projects were not a direct consequence of the impending by-election. He clarified that the entire project had been procured for the contractor, and the work was already in progress. The minister called on the people of Kumawu and neighboring areas to observe the continuity of the projects even after the by-election on May 23rd. He expressed confidence that the contractor would continue the work, debunking the allegations of vote-buying and labeling them as false information.
As the by-election approaches, tensions and suspicions regarding the infrastructure development in Kumawu Constituency continue to rise. The government’s denial of vote-buying intentions behind the projects and their assertion that the work was already planned may assuage some concerns. However, the opposition party and skeptical residents will likely closely monitor the progress of the infrastructure development to validate these claims. The outcome of the by-election on May 23rd will shed further light on the situation and determine the impact, if any, of these projects on voter sentiment.