From Issah Alhassan, K’si
THE MEMBER of Parliament (MP) for the Asokwa constituency, Mr. Maxwell Kofi Jumah, has revealed the difficulty he is going through as a legislator, due to the huge social and economic demands imposed on him by his constituents.
The outspoken NPP Member of Parliament says he is no longer able to put up with extraordinary demands from some of his constituents, who always expect him to shoulder every single social and economic responsibility.
He said from paying of school fees of some of the constituents to donations at funerals, the pressure on him had become unbearable, and wished things were different.
Speaking on Angel 96.1 FM in Kumasi, the firebrand NPP legislator noted that because of these strange demands and financial encumbrances, members of the house no longer found it attractive to visit their constituencies.
“You go to your constituency, and there are a whole lot of responsibilities that you have to fulfill; you pay school fees, you have to donate at funerals, you have to seek admission for people, including other minor things which do not fall within your domain,” he noted.
Mr. Jumah is among MPs in the Ashanti Region whose seats have attracted a lot of interest from potential candidates.
Already, news of prospective candidates eyeing the seat have become rife, with his colleague former Metropolitan Chief Executive, Mad. Patritica Appiagyei, leading the pack.
One Akonuasa Gyimah, who contested in the 2008 election as an independent candidate and secured over 18,000 votes, is also said to be targeting the seat on the ticket of the opposition party.
But Mr. Jumah has dared his competitors to unseat him, bragging that the primary would be “cool chop” for him, because he does see not any of them as a worthy contender.
The MP is also reported to have told a local radio station in Kumasi that he had made lots of investment in the constituency, and believed the delegates would give him another chance to represent them.