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Bring Trouble Makers In Dagbon To Book


2006-08-31 17:58:39
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John Kufour
PRESIDENT J.A. Kufuor has directed the security agencies to ensure that those found to have breached the peace process in the Dagbon area are brought to book immediately.

He said what happened in Yendi last weekend, resulting in the death of three people and injuries to others, was the result of lack of respect for law and order rather than the quest for justice by any faction.

At a media briefing at the Castle yesterday, Presidential Press Secretary, Andrew Awuni, said President Kufuor was shocked at the turn of events in the Yendi chieftaincy dispute, considering the painstaking efforts that had been put in by all stakeholders in arriving at a joint communiqué and Roadmap for peace in the area.

"The President wishes to remind the two factions in the dispute that they negotiated the Roadmap and appended their signatures to it to indicate their satisfactory and approval of the processes therein"

"It is therefore improper for any faction to pick and choose or even petition against the Road Map at this stage," he said.

The President, Mr. Awuni said, endorses the position of the Committee of Eminent Chiefs led by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, that the two factions should abide by the Roadmap.

He said the government will implement the Roadmap as was agreed upon by the two factions, adding that "thus is the responsibility we are committed to, and will make sure that it is done".

Last weekend, Yendi the traditional capital of the Dagbon state, witnessed renewed violence in the protracted chieftaincy dispute when youth believed to be members of the Abudu Gate clashed with security men guarding the Gbewaa Palace.

The protracted chieftaiancy dispute became intense after the murder of the late Ya-Na Yakubu Andani II and 40 others on March 27, 2002.

Following that incident, the government set up the committee of Eminent Chiefs made up of the Asantehene, Yagbonwura Bawa, Doshie and Nayiri Na Bohagu Abdulai Mahami Sheriga.

It was tasked to deal with the traditional aspects of the crisis with the ultimate aim of untiring and reconciling the people of Dagbon.

In the process, the three eminent Chiefs crafted the Roadmap for peace which eventually led to the peaceful burial of the late Ya-Na on April 10, this year.

source: Times

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