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Frimpong, Kofi

Constituency: Kwabre East
Region: Ashanti Region
Party: NPP
Occupation/Profession: Business Person
Parliamentary Seat: minority

Date of Birth: June 17, 1951
Hometown: Ntonso, Ashanti Region
Highest Education: BA (Sociology and Political Science), UG, 1978
Profession: Businessman
Last Employment: MD, Bakota Medical Technology Limited, Kumasi; MP (January, 2005 to date-3rd term)
Marital Status:  Married (with ten children)
Religion: Christianity (Seventh- Day Adventist)
Votes Obtained: 62,048 votes out of the 82,377 valid votes cast = 75.32%. Others: Fatao Lliyasu (NDC) 17,521 = 21.27%, Edward J.B. Dankwah (IND) 1, 524 =1.85% and Zacharias Awuah (PPP) 1, 284=1.56%

 

 

 CULTURAL HERITAGE AND CUSTOMS

Traditional Authority which is embedded in chieftancy institutions is perhaps the oldest and much revered institution in the country.  The positions, traditional status and sphere of influence of chiefs in the Kwabre District unlike other areas, present a complex interwoven web-like phenomenon.
 
Some of the traditional rulers are ‘Abrempong’ who fall directly under the Asantehene as exemplified by the chief of Adanwomase whilst other chiefs come under the jurisdiction of Kumasi Traditional Chiefs and owe much allegiance to them, for example Swedru.  The third category of the traditional rulers falls under paramount chiefs such as Mampong and Nsuta.
 
The situation presents much problem in terms of mobilization of the people for development through the chiefs, because they (Chiefs) are not rendered as a unified factor around which the people could be rallied together as a result of their differences in interest and allegiance.
 
In spite of these seemingly trachotomy of traditional interest, the chiefs and people of the area have in common traditional festivals such as ‘Akwasidae’ and ‘Awukudae’ which are basically ‘stool cleansing’ and renewal of allegiance to the Golden stool.  In addition, stool cleansing administered by the Asantehene through the chiefs.
 
Ethnic Diversity
With regard to ethnic diversity, the constituency to a large extent is homogenous with the Akans who form about 83.5%.  In all about 10% of the entire District Population come from Northern Ghana.  The people of Northern extraction are mainly migrants who are used as farm hands.
 
 
INVESTMENT AND BUSINESS POTENTIALS
Typically, agriculture is the dominant economic activity in the Kwabre constituency.Farmers grow food crops and in most cases, domestic livestock.Land acquisition is mainly through the family and this accounts for 51.5% of the farmlands acquired. Leasehold and rentals account for 10.9%, while share tenancy accounts for 8.9%. Mixed cropping is the dominant farming system.
 
The constituency has vast tracts of land suitable for farming.The major crops for which the constituency has strong yields are cassava, cocoyam, plantain, maize and vegetables.A preliminary geological investigation carried out to determine whether a full scale exploration programme to be embarked upon in the constituency, was completed in 1993.
 
The work revealed that alluvial gold potential of Kwabre East constituency comprises low grade alluvial gold ores that do not appear sufficient for exploration.The study, however, revealed that there are other geological resources, such as industrial minerals and road construction materials that are worth looking at.
 
Rock boulders of the granite and biotite types are available in abundance in the constituency. Quarrying and breaking of rocks is carried out on a large-scale by KAS Stone Quarry Company and Kumasi Stone Quarry Limited, which, between them, employ over 120 people and use highly mechanised production processes.
 
A vast market for cracked stones exists in nearby Kumasi and even as far as Sunyani and other places in the Brong-Ahafo Region for building contractors. Small-scale industrial activities comprise, in the main, artisans engaged in small-scale Adinkra cloth making and Kente weaving.
 
The wood carving industry is also well established. The commercial sector of the economy is also a very important one.Actually, due to the proximity of the Kwabre constituency to the Kumasi metropolis, most people engage in trading activity in Kumasi.The constituency, therefore, plays the role of dormitory for most traders.
 
The main trading activities are those of commercial vehicle traders and local shops for small-scale industrialists, particularly at Ahwiaa.Commodities ranging from agricultural to industrial products are bought and sold. However, the marketing of foodstuffs is at rather low ebb.
 
TOURISM ATTRACTIONS
Currently, the main tourist attraction in the Kwabre East constit is the manufacture and sale of traditional textiles, such as Kente and Adinkra, asuency well as woodcrafts and artifacts. 
 
LOCATION AND SIZE
It is within latitudes 60 44’ North and longitudes 10 33’ to 1044’ West.
 
The constituency shares common boundaries with Afigya Sekyere District to the North; Kumasi Metropolitan Area to the South; Ejisu Juaben District to the Southeast; Atwima District to the West and Offinso District to the Northwest. The constituency has a total land area of 246.8 square kilometres constituting about 1.01% of the total land area of Ashanti Region. Kwabre constituency is part of the greater Kumasi City region, which is made up of Kumasi Metropolitan Area and the surrounding constituencies.
 
The constituency capital, Mamponteng, is approximately 14.5 kilometres from Kumasi to the north east. There are 86 settlements, administered under 3 paramountcies, 2 parliamentary constituencies, 11 Area Councils and 42 District electoral areas.
 
TOPOLOGY AND DRAINAGE
Kwabre constituency land height ranges from 305 to 335 metres above sea level in the eastern portion with isolated large rock out-crops, while the western boundary of the constituency is generally gently undulating, under 290 metres above sea level. There are also a few areas of very large rocky hills and outcrops which lie between a range of 360 metres and a little above 610 metres.
 
The constituency is well drained by a number of streams and their tributaries. The general pattern of drainage in the Kwabre constituency is dendrite, with most of the streams taking their sources from the plateau on the eastern portion of the district and rocky hills and outcrops at the western flank.
 
CLIMATE AND VEGETATION
The climate of the constituency is the Wet Semi-equatorial type. The predominant vegetation types found in the constituency are Moist Semi-Deciduous Forest and isolated Grassland. Continuous felling of trees has deprived the district of its valuable tree species and other forest products.
 
Continuous cultivation and a major bush fire in 1983 have affected the vegetation belt greatly. Most of what is left is secondary forest.
 
GEOLOGY AND SOIL
The major types of rocks formed in the constituency are biotite, granites and granodiorites. Weathering products of these granite rocks contain substantial amount of resistant quartz, which has given granitic soils their characteristic gritty texture.

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