Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie, aka Sir John

Some Residents of Sakora Wonoo in the Kwabre East District of the Ashanti Region are furious over government delay to complete their road ahead of Sir John’s funeral.

According to them, the New Patriotic Party (NPP) has disgraced their late Former CEO of the Forestry Commission, Kwadwo Owusu Afriyie as that was not what the party promised.

“They have disappointed residents of Sakrawonoo, at least this road should have been constructed by the NPP government a week to the funeral, and they should not wait for us to demonstrate.”

In mourning state, the residents lamented the politician, popularly known as Sir John’s unflinching support to see Akufo-Addo on the higher seat has not been appreciated.

They say they doubt the road will ever be constructed by the party and “even if they do, they have already disgraced Sir John already” due to the delay.

“Sir John fought a strong fight for Nana Addo to win the election. Now Sir John is late and you have disappointed him. His ghost, wherever he is would attest that the NPP government has disappointed him,” a female resident said.

She said they have been cheated and “We will never vote for the NPP government again, for NPP, they will lose the 2024 elections.”

“When Sir John was alive, he ensured that the gutters are constructed, he was going to ensure the roads are constructed and he passed on, he was constructing the hospital.

“We were benefiting from him but for death. You came to us and spoke big English during his one-week celebration, though some of us are not educated, they were others who are so they explained to us.”

Another resident recalled the promise made to them by the NPP prior to the election and wondered if ever those promises will be a reality.

“They said they were going to complete the hospital and school, and also ensure that they complete any project that Sir John stated before his burial.

“Sir John has been in the fridge for a year until today that he’s been buried yet they have not constructed the road so, after the burial, we would have no business with the NPP.”

One of the residents also noted that “Yesterday when you (government officials) were coming here, you walked through water but because you are using good vehicles, you don’t see the deplorable state of the road.”

“Now that you are pretending not to recognize us in Kwabre, would you when it’s time for an election,” an angry resident quizzed.

Another furious resident bemoaned “It’s over a year that he passed on, you could construct this small road. Today that we are laying him to rest, you have filled the road with sand. Just look at the dust, it’s not as if we love the smell of the dust.”

Meanwhile, reading a tribute to bid his friend farewell on Thursday, June 3, the President praised Sir John for his charisma and dedication to the party.

“Passionate devotee of the Danquah-Dombo-Busia political tradition, an outstanding stalwart of the NPP, strong defender of human rights as a lawyer, proud, a faithful adherent of the Seventh Day Christain Adventist faith – these were the multi-faceted aspects of the career and character of ‘Sir John’, which earned him great affection and considerable renown,” he expressed.

The late Sir John is said to have died at the Korle Bu Teaching Hospital, Wednesday, July 1, 2020, after a bout with Covid-19.