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Opinions of Saturday, 1 April 2017

Columnist: Agyemang, Katakyie Kwame Opoku

Your integrity is still intact, Hon. Joe Wise

By: Agyemang, Katakyie Kwame Opoku

For those of us who have worked and associated yourselves with Hon. Joe Osei Owusu, the Member of Parliament for Bekwai Constituency who doubles as the 1st Deputy Speaker of Parliament, and Chairman of the Appointments Committee, the bribery allegation levelled against him by his colleague MP, Hon. Mahama Ayariga was a non-starter.

As a former Assembly Member, Constituency Chairman, CEO of Driver and Licensing Authority, an Independent MP (2009-2013), NPP MP for Bekwai Constituency from 2013 till date, and a very respected legal luminary, Hon. Joe Wise has established himself as one of the best MPs in Ghana.

The people of Bekwai have so much confidence in the man due to a number of developmental projects he has brought to the Municipality and his interest in alleviating poverty among the constituents. In education, health and job creation, your record of achievement is second to none. No wonder, some are of the view that, Hon. Joe Wise is a potential president of the Republic of Ghana.

It is probably due to Joe's emerging fame and popularity across the political divide that Mahama Ayariga cannot contain; hence, his decision to throw mud at this innocent man without thinking about the consequences.

But, as the late Bob Marley said; "Who Jah bless, no one curse". We, the people of Bekwai believe in you, Joe; we assure you of our unflinching support today and the years ahead. Your integrity is still intact and therefore, you should not let the issue affect you psychologically and emotionally. Be consoled by this quotation in the Holy Bible - Isaiah 57:17; "No weapon forged against you shall prevail, and you will refute every tongue that accuses you. This is the heritage of the servants of the LORD, and this is their vindication from me".

May Allah give you the strength and wisdom to continue to serve your constituents to the best of your ability.

We are proud of you, Hon. Joe Wise!

Katakyie Kwame Opoku Agyemang

Asante Bekwai - Asakyiri