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Ya-na’s death not murder - Mustapha Hamid

2009-05-26 22:36:27
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Mustapha Hamid, spokesperson to the 2008 presidential candidate of the New Patriotic Party, Nana Akufo-Addo has said the death of Ya-Na Yakubu Andani the overlord of Dagbon cannot be said to be murder.

He finds it difficult to understand why clashes between the Abudu and Andani gates which ended in the unfortunate death of the overlord of Dagbon could be described as murder.

In an interview with Citi News on Tuesday to shed lights on the issues raised by Akufo-Addo early in the day, Hamid expressed his frustration over the continued reference to the death as murder.

Describing the allegations as mere propaganda which has been allowed to gain grounds, Hamid reiterated, the issue is sensitive and must not be unduly politicized.

“What happened in Dagbon 2002 is not what you will call murder…When there is a fight and people fall in the process of the fight you don’t really call that murder. But well, we have allowed that propaganda to catch on in this country and everybody is going along with that propaganda.”

He said due judicial process was followed in an attempt to find the perpetrators of the crime, but the courts did not find the accused persons recommended by the Wuako Commission culpable of the charges leveled against him.

The Wuako Commission was instituted by the Kufuor led administration to investigate the clashes and to bring perpetrators to justice.

The Ya-Na together with some of his elders died in 2002, following renewed clashes between Abudu and Andani gates, two rival groups in Dagbon.

A panel of eminent chiefs led by Asantehene Otumfuor Osei Tutu II to bring an amicable settlement to the protracted conflict, but government has not hidden its intentions to investigate the death of the Overlord and to bring perpetrators to book.

The presidential candidate of the NPP, Nana Akufo-Addo expressed fears the clashes could resurface if government should support one of the factions (Andani)- something he feels the government is already guilty of.

He called for fairness in the handling of issues pertaining to the conflict.


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