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Bawku Naba Accuses Past Governments

2008-01-10 21:58:46
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THE TWO main ethnic groups at the centre of the Bawku December 31, 2007 communal clash that ushered the people of Upper East Region into 2008, Kusasis and Mamprusis have attacked successive governments and politicians in the country for failing to find lasting solution to frequent occurrence of ethnic violence in the Bawku traditional area for over 5 decades.

The Bawku Naba, Asigri Abugrago Azoka II said chieftaincy was the root cause of the conflict that had bedeviled the area for the past 50years. Naba was of the view that if successive governments had given their full backings to the Supreme Court’s ruling over the matter, it would have been resolved amicably over 5 decades ago.

Naba Abugrago Azoka II therefore blamed past governments for not giving their full backings to the court’s ruling thereby resulting in the resurgence of the communal violence between the two ethnic groups almost every year during the celebration of Samampiid festival.

He expressed worry about the lost of lives, destruction of properties and displacement of inhabitants thus, bringing pain and hardship upon the unfortunate relations as well as business activities.

Naba Abugrago Azoka II stated these when the Interior minister, Mr. Kwamena Bartels led a government delegation to assess the situation at Bawku after a communal violence broke up between Kusasis and Mamprusis on the eve of New Year. His visit also afforded him the opportunity to solicit the support and cooperation of the chiefs and elders of the two groups to find lasting peace in the Bawku traditional area.

At Mamprusis community, Alhaji Akalifo Abugre accused some politicians for taking delight in scoring cheap political points by meddling themselves in chieftaincy and ethnic issues, but when problems start to emerge as a result of their actions they (politicians) would be no where to find solutions to the problems.

Alhaji Akalifo said the Bawku chieftaincy crisis was caused by these politicians and urged the authorities to help find lasting solution to this outstanding chieftaincy problem. The two leaders pledged their commitment to support and cooperate with government to finding lasting peace in the area.

Mr. Kwamena Bartels expressed worry about the frequent recurrence of conflicts in the area resulting in loss of lives, destructing of properties and displacement of innocent people. He regretted that the latest incident came few months after the flood disaster that struck some parts of Upper East Region including Bawku.

He however gave the assurance that, government would do everything possible to ensure lasting peace in the area. He therefore charged the chiefs, elders and opinion leaders of the two ethnic groups, Kusasis and Mamprusis to help in this regard. The defence minister, Mr. Albert Kandapaa and the Army Commander, Major Gen O. Samuel, accompanied him

On the arrival of the delegation at Bawku, the commander of the Airborne Detachment Force in Tamale, Lt. Col. Irvine Aryeetey and the Upper East Regional Police Commander, DCOP Ofosu-Mensah Gyeabour briefed them on the security situation at Bawku.

They expressed satisfaction about the security situation in the area and the level of cooperation that residents were giving and assured the delegation that with the numerical strength of security men on the ground things were under control.

Mr. Alhassan Samari, the Upper East Regional minister disclosed that, the Regional Coordinating Council in collaboration with the Regional Security Council met daily to put tight security measures in place to ensure that, the volatile situation at Bawku did not escalate.

Hon Simon Akunye, NDC MP for Pussiga Constituency and PNC’s John Ndebugre of Zebilla constituencies were among the MPs who were at the Bawku Naba’s palace to listen to the Bartels’ led delegation.

source: Chronicle

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