The New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the Agona West Constituency, Mrs. Cynthia Morrison, has criticised the ongoing demolition exercise by the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) at Sodom and Gomorrah, describing it as “a cruel move”.
According to her, the ongoing demolition by the AMA had rendered several thousands of the slum dwellers homeless.
The recently elected parliamentary candidate said, the exercise was ‘insensitive’ and appealed to government to do something quickly to alleviate the plight of the victims.
She explained in an interview on Tuesday that although government has the power to do what it deemed appropriate, it acted with high-handedness against the slum dwellers thus, neglecting their plight.
Mrs. Morrison said the timing was also wrong because it was done in the raining season, when some of the victims who were Muslims had began their fasting and pupils were re-writing their Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE).
She recounted how the State assisted refugees from Liberia when that country was plunged into a civil war, and questioned why the same assistance could not be extended to the slum dwellers.
“When the refugees came from Liberia, government managed to get them a place to live, but what are we doing to our very own?” she asked.
“Government just pulled down their buildings when they had gone to work. They came back only to realise they don’t have a place to live. Assuming it rained tonight, where are they going to sleep? That’s my worry”, she stressed.
Mrs. Cynthia Morrison who is a Director of Maryland Montessori School at Agona Swedru was elected as the NPP Parliamentary Candidate for the Agona West Constituency to contest in the 2016 general elections.
She polled 524 votes as against 144 votes by Mathias Fred Adjei, the incumbent member of Parliament.