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Bawku is Not an Issue of Chieftaincy But One of Law And Order

2008-06-26 20:06:50
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Members of Parliament from the Bawku municipality have expressed their deepest regret over the recent disturbances in the area, and have declared that the Bawku situation is no longer an issue of chieftaincy, but one of law and order.

They have therefore recommended that government take a resolute action to apprehend the perpetrators of these criminal acts, so that they are severely dealt with in accordance with the law.

At a press briefing in parliament yesterday, the MPs contended that the real cause of the recent disturbances in Bawku was not just about the search for a missing horse, but the explosion of simmering tensions between the two factions.

The MP for Zebilla, Hon. John Ndebugre, who addressed the media, said they condemn without any reservation the alleged stoning to death of one Zackaria Abagre, a Mamprusi man, who had gone in search of his missing horse.

He added that in circumstances where people move about in a suspicious manner during curfew hours, the police should arrest such people.

Hon. Ndebugre noted that the unruly situation in Bawku, where people take the law into their own hands and cause mayhem in the municipality should be strongly condemned.

He also expressed concern over the use of military uniforms by unauthorized persons for criminal purposes and therefore called on the government and security agencies to bring such criminals to justice.

"We take note of the fact that the Bawku conflict is becoming intractable and beyond just a chieftaincy affair".

He called on the judicial authorities to use their discretion in a manner that would send a clear message to the miscreants that the nation is not in the mood to tolerate lawlessness and wanton destruction of lives and property.

He assured the National Peace Council of their fullest cooperation and assistance, and urged them not to relent in the face of the recent disturbances.

On Saturday, June 21st, 2008, one Zackaria Abagre, a Mamprusi man, was allegedly stoned to death at Buabula, near Sabongeri, a Kusasi community, after he had gone out in search of his missing horse.

On Monday, amidst heavy rains, there were erratic gunshots all over the Bawku Township. According to a source, the shooting was so intense that people in far away Kulungugu could hear the shots, which triggered the mass exodus of residents.

It would be recalled that in May, this year, when there was resurgence in the fighting in Bawku, some people fled to Goulongousi, a town in Togo to seek refuge. Those who fled, after their houses and shops had been burnt, were mainly Mamprusis from Pusiga.

Although some of them are said to have returned, others are still locked out as refugees.

The MPs from the Bawku municipality included John Ndebugre (PNC) MP for Zebilla, Mark Anthony Awuni (NDC) MP for Binduri, Mahama Ayariga (NDC) MP for Bawku, Dominic Azumah MP for Garu- Tempane and Simon Atingban Akunye, MP for Pusiga.

source: Ghanaian Chronicle

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