The National Association of Head Potters popularly known as Kayayes, has denied making a cash donation to the New Patriotic Party (NPP) during its recent fund–raising event at the Baba Yara Sports Stadium in Kumasi – Ashanti Region.
According to the association’s Ashanti Regional Secretary Dauda Ibrahim, the group is apolitical; hence finds it mischievous for anybody to use its name for political gains.
The largest opposition NPP, held its first national fundraising programme a fortnight ago where an undisclosed amount of money was realized. It was attended by the party’s flagbearer, Nana Akufo-Addo and his running mate, Dr. Bawumia.
Among the highlights of activities that caught the attention of the media and raised eyebrows among section of the public was the announcement that some “kayayes” in the Ashanti Region; the stronghold of the opposition group, contributed GHc5, 000 to support the NPP’s campaign to unseat the governing National Democratic Congress (NDC).
A lady known Adiza Zongo Pioneer, who claims to be the National President of the National Association of Head Potters aka Kayayei made the donation on behalf of the group.
Speaking on Kasapa FM Monday, the Ashanti Regional Secretary Dauda Ibrahim stated that the association could not have donated that huge amount of money as the group is not that resourceful.
He noted that this claim of a donation by the Kayayei Association to a political party has the tendency of negatively affecting the financial assistance the group gets from donor institutions.
“We don’t have that kind of money that is being reported we donated to the NPP. It is well known that we Kayayes are vulnerable and poor. We are sometimes funded by NGO’s and other faith based organizations; and now our benefactors will hear that a whopping amount of GHC 5,000 has been donated to a political party. We are neutral…not affiliated to any political party. What signals are we sending to the public, will we continue to have such financial support after this false news out there” He asked?
But Adiza Zongo Pioneer insisted that she was the President of the National Association of Head Potters and that the group willingly donated that amount to the NPP because the current government had taken them for a ride for far too long a time.
She claimed that Dauda Ibrahim, has come up to discredit her because he was being motivated by some bigwigs in the ruling party to muddy the waters.
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