Mahama’s Northern Region campaign tour progresses as the President has managed to escape the distraction which the demonstration staged by a coalition of opposition parties wanted to cause him.
President John Mahama has continued with his four-day campaign tour of the northern region. Mahama first paid a courtesy visit to the newly enskinned Kpembewura on Monday in Salaga .
This move had helped the President to forestall a possible clash with the angry demonstrators who marched the streets of Tamale same day in protest of what they described as ‘killer tariffs’.
On leaving the Kpembewura palace, Mahama visited the Nursing & Midwifery Training School, Kpembe. In the course of Mahama’s Northern Region campaign tour, the president is reportedly scheduled to visit markets, various institutions and also interact with many groups and individuals. He will also use the opportunity to commission many of the projects that were not yet completed at the time of his ‘Accounting to the People’ tours. See full schedule of events for the N/R tour below.
Mahama’s Northern Region Campaign Tour Itinerary
Monday: A courtesy call on the the newly enskinned Kpembewura in Salaga District. A brief visit to the Kpembe Nursing & Midwifery Training School.
Tuesday: Rallies at Kpandai, Kumidi in the Kpandai District. A flag stop at Lungni. A courtesy call on Wulehi-Naa at Wulensi. A rally at Nakpayili; all in the Nanumba South District. A courtesy call on the regent of Nanung and chiefs in Bimbilla and a rally at Chamba; all in the Nanumba North District. A a courtesy visit to the Regent of Dagbon, and rallies in Yendi and Mion in the Yendi Municipality.
Wednesday: Tour of the Tatale-Sangule District – interaction with the chiefs and people and a rally at Tatale, the District capital. Rallies at Zabzugu. Flag stop at Sabari. A call on the paramount chief in Saboba. Rallies at Saboba and Wapuli.
Thursday: A tour of the Chereponi District. Rallies at Garinkuka, Chereponi, Wachiki, Gushegu and Karaga District.
Reports reveal that this will not be the only campaign tour of the president in the Northern Region as he has numerous projects which he would love to revisit in the course of his campaign across the country.
Di Miiya Demo
Despite pleas from the northern regional police to the coalition led by the major opposition New Patriotic Party, to post-pone the protest due to the President’s visit, they had gone ahead with their plans. The coalition comprises the New Patriotic Party (NPP), the Convention Peoples Party (CPP), the Peoples National Convention (PNC), the National Democratic Party (NDP), the Progressive Peoples Party (PPP) and the All Peoples Congress (APC).
The demonstration was tagged ‘Di Miiya’, meaning ‘Times are Tough’. The major issue of annoyance was the exorbitant electricity bills being charged the residents which they say has collapsed businesses and in turn made living conditions unbearable for them. Displaying placards with various inscriptions of criticisms against Mahama’s administration, the angry crowd said they have had enough of the hard times facing them in the region.
Recent reports reveal that the protesters have threatened to take the demo to Bolgatanga and Wa if government fails to do something about the ‘killer tariffs’.