Majority Leader Osei Kyei Mensah Bonsu

The Majority Leader, Osei Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu has been booed by residents of Suame over poor road network in the area.

A vehicle of the MP for Suame, a constituency in the Ashanti Region, is reported to have been pelted with sachet water and other items such as coconut husk.

In an interview with JoyNews, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu appreciated the concerns of the agitated residents, “they are not happy about the state of the roads, so if they see anybody in authority, definitely they will react this way,” he said.

It took the timely intervention of the Police to whisk him to safety as the residents descended on him by throwing items his way.

Residents who were agitated by the poor state of the roads staged a protest on Friday to express their displeasure with the Suame MP for failing to fix their roads.

They warned of another demonstration if the roads are not fixed.

With this concern, it is reported that the Majority leader visited the Constituency to inspect the work done with the contractor.

However, upon hearing about his arrival, the irate youth went to the highway and began hooting and pelting him (the MP) with water sachets.

Explaining the delay in constructing the road, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu said the contractor has been on site to address the situation. However, he experienced an acute shortage of bitumen midway into the project.

“Last week, here at Suame Magazine, it was a major demonstration. It had to do with the refurbishment and the reconstruction of the main highway that is from Suame roundabout… the road had developed several potholes and it was causing some accidents and because of that, the Minister of Roads and Highways awarded a contract to a contractor to refurbish the road.

“In the meantime, there was massive dust on the roads which is a very busy road and the artisans were complaining that dust has taken over. Of course, they deal in spare parts – they are mechanics and when the dust settles on the parts, it makes them appear as old parts, so they are not able to sell at the prices that they have determined to sell. Apart from that, inhaling the dust was also causing sicknesses among them and that is what occasioned the demonstration,” he explained

“The contractor having to wait for about two weeks, he had to undertake a trip to La Cote D’Ivoire to procure bitumen in order to be able to complete the work that he has started,” the Majority Leader said.

He stated that he is not disturbed by the action of the youth. This, Mr. Kyei-Mensah-Bonsu pointed out, is because he admits the youth had genuine concerns, especially when they expect the government to respond to their challenges.

He went on to say that the youth may have exploded because they were not adequately informed about the progress of work.