Residents of Afigya Kwabre East in the Ashanti Region are angry at the Akufo-Addo government and their Member of Parliament over deplorable roads in the Constituency.

They claimed that the poor road network within the area is affecting their daily activities including their livelihoods.

Afigya Kwabre East Constituency is one of the voting powerhouses of the ruling New Patriotic Party. The Constituency contributed over 80,000 votes to the NPP in the 2020 presidential election.

But Mampongteng, the capital of the municipality, has no single kilometer of road tarred after detaching itself from the Sekyere district, 35 years ago.

In an interview on Joy Prime, some drivers bemoaned the exorbitant cost they incur daily as a result of the deplorable nature of the roads.

“Now, ₵100 can’t even buy anything at Suame Magazine, everything is expensive. We use our daily sales on petrol without taking anything home.”

The drivers also complained that weekly maintenance and servicing of their vehicles at the fitting shop is taking a chunk of their daily sales.

“Every week, we go to the fitting shop for maintenance of our vehicles and always buy spare parts. It is as if we are not part of Ghana. The roads are bad when it rains.”

Food vendors are not spared from the impact of the deplorable roads as well.

“It’s worst when its harmattan, the dust is really affecting us. We have to always cover our food with nets and the dust turns them brown within some minutes.

We always have to help the school children cross the roads when it rains. So government should come to our aid.”

Meanwhile, the Local Traditional Council of Mamponteng has called on the government to ensure the contractor returns to the project they abandoned in October 2019.

“Mamponteng is the only municipal capital in the country without a single kilometer of tarred road. Since it was out of the Sekyere district 35 years ago, we are greatly disappointed.

“And it is important to communicate the fact that a sod cutting event in October 2019 by His Excellency, Nana Addo Dankwa Akuffo Addo for the commencement of a 5.5 kilometer tarred road project for Mampongten was immediately abandoned by the contractor after the fun fair and the excitement that greeted that ceremony.”

 According to the spokesperson, the deserted project has claimed lives of many residents.

“The sad part of this short lived project…….left abandoned by the contractor has been posing danger to the town folks, claiming victims especially, women and children. There are numerous victims, some with serious impairment, currently at the hospitals.

With a lady victim at the theatre and emergency unit of the Komfo Anokye Teaching Hospital.”

He stressed that “we certainly cannot be enthused about this development.”