Morning show host of Rainbow Radio 87.Fm, Kwabena Agyapong, has taken the government to the cleaners over what he described as a populist approach to handling the Kayayei issues in the wake of the deadly coronavirus outbreak.
The host mincing no words, slammed the Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia, over his donation of GHc500 each to the head porters who were recently caught in a truck travelling to the Northern region.
He said ”you wasted new noted with GHc9 billion and yet it added no value to our lives, and yet, when the virus broke in Ghana, you have established a fund asking people to donate. Genuinely, people are violating the order because they have nothing to depend on. They are not financially strong to purchase anything to depend on during this lockdown.”
Kwabena Agyapong challenged the government to put in the needed measures to support deprived persons so they will stay home.
Vice President Dr. Mahamudu Bawumia has donated ghc500 to each of the stranded Kayaye (head porters) who were stopped at Ejisu in the Ashanti Region on their way to the Northern Region.
The head porters, numbering about 76, had attempted to flee from Accra back to their hometowns in the wake of the President’s order for a partial lockdown in the Capital City and other parts of the country, but their journey back home was unsuccessful as it fell within the lockdown time on Monday.
Their attempted mass crossover to the north was seen as a threat to stop the spread of the virus in the country, and they were thus stopped from proceeding by security officials, who returned them to Accra.
But Mr. Agyapong opined that the donation was only a political gimmick.
He questioned the rationale behind the donation when persons who travelled abroad and returned, have been quarantined at luxurious hotels.
”His donation was only meant to paint him in a positive light. This act was praised by NPP members. These were things we should have done before the lockdown was announced.”
”Our leaders have failed us, and we are failing to see this because of politics,” he added.
He also took the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA) to the cleaners for asking businesses to file their returns online in the midst of the crisis.
”Where are the businesses going to get the money to file their taxes? This is not the period to demand tax returns and social security. It makes no sense to do that.”