A 44-year-old Rastafarian contesting the upcoming district assembly elections has revealed that he smokes Indian hemp, an illicit drug popularly referred to as ‘weed’.
Kwaku Boakye, a.k.a. Motion, was mocked on social media platforms for his physical appearance after his posters emerged as assemblyman contesting in the Santasi Electoral Area in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region.
He told TV3 on Thursday that he is unfazed by the contemptuous comments people have been making about him and remains focused on winning the election to drive development to his area.
The man, who is proud of his ghetto roots, says winning the election will give him the opportunity to change the narrative of people living in the ghettos.
Asked how he feels when people refer to him as a ‘weed smoker’, Boakye, who looked well-composed responded: “It’s true, people refer to me as a weed smoker but I won’t hide it. I know how to smoke wee; I smoke wee”.
He, however, claimed his appearance is in sharp contrast with his ability to deliver to the people of Santasi.
He explained he and others live in the ghetto because they believe successive governments have failed to address their needs.
For him, getting into the corridors of power offers an opportunity to influence policies to benefit the grassroots.
“People take me seriously,” he said in Twi, adding “when I announced some two years ago that I was going to contest, people were happy and that encouraged me”.
His campaign manager, Ernest Boakye, said their special campaign strategy resonates with the majority of the people.
Boakye is up against Felix Nana Yeboah, a Kumawood actor, in the elections.
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