Kyei-Mensah Bonsu reacts to attack by angry Suame Magazine artisans

Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu, the member of parliament for Suame, said he is unconcerned by the actions of irate craftsmen and parts dealers at Suame Magazine who pelted him and his entourage with sachet water and other objects.

The MP, who is also the majority leader and minister of parliamentary affairs, avoided being attacked by irate workers at the Suame Magazine industrial complex because of the government’s delays in fixing the shoddy Suame Roundabout-Maakro section of the main Kumasi-Techiman Road, which they claim is endangering lives as well as businesses.

Osei Kyei-Mensah Bonsu talking to the media while being pelted by Suame Magazine workers However, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu stated in a media interview just before being led into a police car that he is not concerned about the behavior of his constituents.

I am the face of government, so if they are truly unhappy that the surface has been scraping for a while and the dust is killing them, they would undoubtedly express their rage on any government official when they meet them, so I am not concerned.

What first seemed to be a reactive trip by the member of parliament to Suame to hear his voters’ complaints about the poor roads took a nasty turn on Monday.

A sachet of water with splashed water was thrown at the MP and his group.
Unexpectedly, angry craftsmen greeted Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu and his party, which included Municipal Chief Executive for Suame Maxwell Ofosu Boakye, while chanting war songs and hurling sachet water and other objects at the authorities.

Later, the Suame Divisional Police Command officers needed assistance from the Ashanti Regional Police Commander, COP Afful Boakye-Yiadom, to calm the furious craftsmen who had followed the MP and his entourage to the meeting location.

Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu remained in the conference room where a meeting with representatives of craftsmen, spare part dealers, and GUTA officials was arranged because he was astonished by the action.

The artisans later regrouped as they chanted more war songs. They accused government of being insensitive to their plight as the Suame Roundabout-Afrancho stretch still has pot-holes despite a section being scraped by Joshob Construction, contractors working on the rehabilitation works. “We threw a lot of sachet water at him. As for the water, we threw a lot at him,” angry Kwasi Bona told Joynews.

The Majority Leader, who has represented the Suame constituency since 1996, told the press he understands the concerns and conduct of the agitated artisans. “Last week, here at Suame Magazine, there was a major demonstration. It had to do with the refurbishment of and the reconstruction of the main highway, that is, from Suame Roundabout through Maakro to Afrancho.

The Minister of Roads and Highways issued a contract to a contractor to renovate and really reconstruct the road because it had multiple potholes and was contributing to certain accidents.

In order to allay the worries of the anxious craftsmen, he informed the contractor that work would continue following a severe bitumen shortage.

The MP was driven to safety in a police car while being closely guarded by the police and pursued by the crowd.

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