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Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, a Hero or a Villain?

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There are these Akan sayings, “Nya Asem Hw3” (Get involved in a problem and see…) “Eda a, aponkyerene bewuo no … (It is when the frog dies that you see its full length…) and many others with same or similar Inferences’ and connotations.

In my estimation, these sayings and their inferences and connotations are undoubtedly very applicable to Dr. Kwaku Afryie, the immediate past Western Regional Minister and care-taker minister of the recently created Western North Region in his current plight.

Dr. Afriyie, undoubtedly is a political colossus not only in Sefwi, but Ghana as a whole. Besides, he is a stalwart and a staunch cum founding member of the ruling New Patriotic Party (NPP) under the flagbearership of Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufu-Addo.

But for lack of space, I would have enumerated the numerous roles he has played, both socially and politically in Sefwi in particular and Ghana as a whole.

For our reminder, Dr. Afriyie is a big time cocoa farmer, who contributes immensely to the production of cocoa, the mainstay of Ghana’s economy. Unable to do this large scale farming alone, Dr. Afriyie has naturally employed a number of people to help him in this sector, thus helping employment in the country.

As a medical practitioner, Dr. Afriyie has established a grand hospital at Dwinase-Wiawso, which indisputably attends to the hath needs of the people in the area and its environs, as well as those from afar and further boosting employment.

Politically, Dr. Afriyie has been an outstanding member of the NPP and the roles he has played for the party is best known to him and his NPP party.

When candidate John Agyekum Kufuor won power for the NPP in 1996, Dr. Afryie was made minister of Heath, and his outstanding role in the establishment of the National Health Insurance Scheme (NHIS) is best known to all Ghanaians From Heath, he was assigned to the ministry of Lands and Forestry where he played no means a small role, and in all these instances, he served as a cabinet minister. When the NPP won power in 2016, under candidate Nana Akufo-Addo, he was made the Western Regional Minister. A position which chiefs and people of Sefwi Wiawso were not too happy about, because, in their estimation, their proud candidate, had somewhat been demoted instrumental.

However, since “something is better than nothing”, the people had to contend with this position, until the recent creation of the Western North Region, in which he (Afriyie) was very instructed.

Dashed Hopes

When finally President Akufo-Addo named Wiawso as the capital for the New Region, Dr. Afriyie was given the additional portfolio as care-taker minister. Following this, it was the fervent hope and aspiration of his numerous admirers that he could be made the substantive minister for the region, which he had toiled and moiled to create, on the premise of the Akan proverb”, Nea xpxtx ma ne fe no …. (He who pays the piper…), But to their surprise, their Darling Afriyie who also doubles as the Member of Parliament (MP) for the Wiawso constituency was no where placed, with his former office as Western Regional Minister having been taken away from him, and the new region, placed under the administration of his college, Kinsgley Aboagye-Gyedu, MP for Bibiani Anhwiaso-Bekwai who also doubled as Deputy Minister of Health.

No Malice against Aboagye-Gyedu

According NPP spokepersons in the area, Dr. Afriyie has no malice whatsoever against the appointement of his colleague as substantive Minister for the Western North Region. To them, after playing his instrumental role in the establishment of the region, thus role has ended hence the silence of president Akufo-Addo on the next sector to send him.

Tongues Wagging –Hero or Villain

With the present position (no placement) tongues have started wagging about Dr. Afriyie’s plight, a situation, which has brought into sharp focus politicking in the area, ie between NPP and NDC members.

Whereas those in the NDC and even some NPP members believe that Dr. Afriyie has been “dumped” because of his perceived inefficiency, his enthused admirers and supporters contend that “Dr. Afriyie has acted and played well his part (Thought they believe and hope for a better placement of their beloved MP.

With this political twist of events regarding Dr. Afriyie’s current plight, he has suddenly become the talk of town in the area and undoubtedly Ghana, as a whole, especially within NPP circles.

Subsequently, whereas his political adverseries paint him black in his present situation, his admirers hold him in high esteem, with yet many more undecided on him under these circumstances. The thousand-dollar question then is, “Dr. Afriyie! Is he a hero or a villain?”

Source: S.O. Ankamah

 

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