Member of Parliament for Pru-East, Dr. Kwabena Donkor, has lamented that his Constituency is gradually being depopulated by armed robbers whose activities are either are forcing people to relocate or to stay away from the Constituency.
In a cry-out to journalists, Hon. Donkor, therefore, asked that the Ministers of Interior and National Security and the Inspector General of Police, come to the aid of constituents as a matter of urgency.
“The economic impact of these armed robbery activities has been extremely negative,” he lamented.
Most traders who used to come to the Constituency, he said, have left because of the virtual besiegement of armed robbers.
The districts most affected include Sene East, Sene West, Pru East and West districts and the Atebubu-Yeji Highway within the Eastern Corridor of Bono Region, according to the MP.
“People who come from Kumasi, Salaga and all other various places to those markets, if they are attacked and robbed of their working capital, they don’t come back again.
“In the current economic climate, it is not easy coming by working capital, so if you lose yours to armed robbery, it becomes a major issue,” he lamented.
According to him, the issue has been persisting for years and he as MP has also been calling on the necessary authorities to come and flush out the robbers, but he has mostly been ignored.
Meanwhile, he blamed unemployment as the main cause of the subculture of robbery in the area.
“I think unemployment and other factors are giving birth to this high-level rate of crimes, and as a country, we are sitting on a time bomb.”