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The people of Bukere and Soe in the Bolgatanga Municipality have ended a year long communal conflict which resulted in the death of a teenage girl.
The communities sacrificed a bull and a ram to their ancestors, asking for peace and prosperity as a gesture of smoking the peace pipe, following the communal violence between the two sides in January last year during clashes after a playing card competition.
Many people sustained injuries and property running into several millions of cedis were destroyed.
Pouring the libation, the chiefs of the two areas, Naba Adoku Francis and Naba Asakibaro Akayiba, exhorted the youth to desist from acts that would bring conflicts.
"You are all brothers and sisters and we all have inter-marriages. You must therefore maintain peace and harmony among yourselves", they stressed.
The Assemblyman for Soe, Mr. Abire Alolga, cautioned that Government would not countenance any acts that would mar peace in the area again and would deal drastically with trouble causers.
He expressed regret over the huge sums of money that were spent in maintaining law and order in the area during the conflict, and said these monies could have been used on development projects.
He said no development could take place in an atmosphere of rancour and conflicts and urged the youth to rather re-direct their energy to develop themselves and the entire communities.
"You, as youth must re-direct your youthful exuberance to the development of yourselves and your communities instead fighting each other and creating confusing and destructions," Mr. Alolga said.