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General News of Tuesday, 28 September 2010

Source: The Punch

‘Obroniwawu’ War: Kofi Jumah in trouble

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The used Clothe Dealers Association of Ghana, are up in arms against Hon. Maxwell Kofi Jumah, the Member of Parliament (MP) for Asokwa for allegedly making disparaging remarks against them.

They recalled that during an interview on Asempa FM, when he got to know the one behind the RPF, he said “Oh Odike dea, Obroniwawu na waton na wanya ni sika, de beye politics”.

Meaning “As for Odike, the man behind the formation of the RPF, he has gotten some money from selling used clothing, and that is what he is using to fund the RPF”; the new party which hit the news recently.

They are therefore asking the MP to retract and apologise to them for stating on radio that the resources of Charles Wayo alias Odike of Odike ventures, the man behind the formation of Reform Patriotic Front (RPF), was from the Sale of Obroni wawu (second-hand clothing).

Mr. Kofi Frimpong, a member of the association, who spoke to the New Punch on the issue said members of the Association feel scandalized by the MP’s comment because the association has been contributing its quota towards the economy. “Even me, does he know how much tax I contribute to the economy? He asked

Even to clear my consignment from the port, I sometimes pay billions and my turnover, everyday is over GH¢30,000.Does he know how this means to the economy? What is he talking about? He asked.“What he said is unbecoming of an MP and he must retract and render due apologies to those of us in the second-hand clothe business including Odike, although I’m against Odike on the move he has taken”, he fumed.

According to him, members of the association contributed nearly US$10 million dollars in taxes including Customs Duties, Value Added Tax (VAT) and indirect taxes to the Internal Revenue Service which have been coalesced into the Ghana Revenue Authority as of now.

Courtesy, the Daily Dispatch, the United Front Party (UFP), was touted as being made up of elements in the Ashanti Region, who supported Mr. Eugene Kwadwo Alan Kyeremanteng against Nana Akufo Addo, during the recent presidential primaries of the New Patriotic Party (NPP).

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