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A group calling itself Concerned Vagla of NPP in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba Constituency of the Savannah region is accusing the MP for Damongo constituency and minister for Lands and Natural Resources, Samuel Abu Jinapor of discrimination against the Vagla tribe in the area.
In a statement signed by Justice Tokoro and Jacob Dumakaww, the group alleged that the Damongo MP “publicly made an emphatic statement that it will take his dead body for a Vagla to be appointed as the District Chief Executive for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba”.
Read below the details of the statement by the Concerned Vagla of NPP in the Sawla-Tuna-Kalba constituency.
Press statement by the concerned Vagla of NPP in Sawla-Tuna-Kalba constituency on alleged comments by Hon. Abu Jinapor MP for Damongo against Vaglas
We are getting widespread information in Sawla-Tuna-Kalba constituency that Lawyer Abu Jinapor, the minister for lands and natural resources and member of Parliament for Damongo has publicly made an emphatic statement that it will take his dead body for a Vagla to be appointed as the District Chief Executive for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba.
Even though as a tribe and considering the pedigree of Lawyer Jinapor we don’t believe that he will make such a tribal and backward comment, his recent actions in the process leading to the appointment of the MMDCEs are worrying.
The quest for Lawyer Jinapor to be seen as the most powerful politician in Savannah today, coupled with his vice presidential ambition is making him over stretch his boundaries.
Today, he wants to influence all the appointments of the MMDCEs in the Region to satisfy his interests but not that of the party. We have never seen Abu in the campaign process of Sawla-Tuna-Kalba constituency and he should not pretend to know the dynamics of the constituency than the inhabitants of the place.
If not for his personal agenda, today Abu is asking the president to appoint Barikisu Losina as the DCE for Sawla-Tuna-Kalba when he should have known that the lady in question is a first time voter in the constituency.
He should have also known that the husband of Barikisu is a strong NDC in Daboya and was among those who tormented NPP members in the area.
Why should we empower such a family? He should have also known that the entire background of Barikisu is NDC with the exception of her mother. She can’t add any significant votes to NPP if given the nod.
When Barikisu had a military slot, was it not given to an NDC Youth at the expense of NPP? When she was given a motorbike, was it not given to an NDC Youth to aid him campaign against us? Why are we doing this to this party? Why would others work and a new person who doesn’t know the constituency be given such a privilege position just because of a so called powerful individual? Are we now running a monolithic party?
We heard that Lawyer Jinapor has indicated to the leadership of government that the lady in question is influential in the constituency. It is palpable falsehood. She has never been part of the activities of STKD. Apart from the dislike of the Vaglas in the contest on the grounds of their tribal orientation, which most likely is influencing the choice of Lawyer Jinapor, all the candidates have more superior qualifications as well as experience than the lady.
They have also served the party in different capacities than the lady.
Her performance in the Regional and the National vetting is there to confirm our claim.
Vaglas have remained committed to NPP since 2004. It is clear that the minority tribes vote for NPP in Savannah Region. But it’s also clear that NPP has not recognised this. None of the appointments has favoured any of the minority tribes.
With the alleged hatred being exhibited by Lawyer Jinapor against the minority tribes and his hijacking of every appointment process in the Region, it is becoming clear that no minority tribe will be considered. Sad though, there is a grand scheme aimed at preventing our lovely vice president from becoming a president.
We call on the vice president, kindly open his eyes wide. There is an agenda against his bid to succeed the president.
Barikisu cannot add any votes to your votes in Sawla-Tuna-Kalba.
All the different tribes in Savannah Region should be given an opportunity to participate in the governance process.
Vaglas in Damongo and its surroundings like Gurpe supported the bid of Lawyer in becoming MP and voted massively for him and the least reward we expected from him is a thank you but not to victimize our people.
In helping him to succeed we made some Vaglas in Sawla-Tuna-Kalba to cross to Damongo and register there as voters to enable them vote for him.
Like we said from the beginning, we don’t believe that our respected Lawyer will ever say such a thing. But if we get to know that indeed it has been said as being alleged, we will pull out all our people from the constituency.
Remember that one Vagla vote can make you or not make you a member of parliament.
Please, let us respect all the teams that worked on the MMDCES appointment from research at the district level to regional vetting and national.
The outcome of their reports is supreme over any individual’s interest and must be respected because they are high profile party big wigs who supervised the processes.
Abu Should allow the president to listen to the men of integrity he assigned to do this selection.
We are waiting patiently for the process to end and we will take a political decision as a tribe.
By Concern Vaglas of NPP, STK constituency
Justice Tokoro 0247939311
Jacob Dumakaww 0244746049