A section of hawkers who sell the Kalyppo fruit juice have slammed Chief of Staff, Julius Debrah over his recent campaign against the purchase of the product.
The Chief of Staff, while addressing party supporters in the Brong Ahafo town of Wenchi, cautioned Ghanaian adults against consuming the fruit juice because it is not good for their health.
Julius Debrah said the drinks contain a lot of sugar meant to boost the growth of children. They are therefore not meant for adults.
He claimed adults who take very sweet fruit juices would go down with a sickness called “Kalyppolities.”
“I am pleading with you that you the adults here if you take Kalyppo, the sugar content can leave you with some sickness so please don’t take it,” he said in Twi to the supporters who shouted ‘Noooo.’
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The Chief of Staff’s comment comes barely a month after an image of the flagbearer of the main opposition New Patriotic Party (NPP), Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo sipping the drink in between campaigns went viral on social media.
Attempts by some NDC functionaries to mock the NPP leader triggered what has become known in Ghana as #Kalyselfie.
NPP executives and supporters, in their bid to solidarise with Mr Akufo-Addo, circulated their pictures on social media, especially Facebook sipping the juice.
And hawkers and other sellers who claim that has seen a boost in their sales slammed the chief of staff for making what they called ‘baseless’ comments.
According to them, Julius Debrah by his comment was discouraging people from patronizing the fruit drink which has seen a boom in patronage.
“You and your government have failed to provide jobs for us, we sell on the streets and kalyppo is moving in recent times after the picture went viral and now you are encouraging people to stop patronizing it…what work do you want us to go and do?”, some of the angry hawkers told Adom News.
They further urged the Chief of Staff to be circumspect about his comments and desist from making such claims in future.
Listen to some angry traders