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Chereponi : We are not taking conflict seriously, Prez. must insist on full briefing - IMANI veep

By Mutala Yakubu
Senior Vice President of IMANI-Africa Kofi Bentil believes Chereponi conflict must be a priority
Senior Vice President of IMANI-Africa Kofi Bentil believes Chereponi conflict must be a priority

A lawyer and Senior Vice President of IMANI-Africa Kofi Bentil believes that Ghana is not paying much attention to the ongoing Chereponi conflict.

The long-lasting ethnic conflict resurfaced recently and saw hundreds flee Chereponi due to the clashes between the Konkombas and the Chokosis.

This has led to the closure of schools, brought all commercial activities to a halt and a curfew imposed on the people.

Mr Bentil who was speaking on Joy FM's NewsFile says government should put in much efforts to bring the situation to a halt.

"I don't think this is the most complex thing and the problem is, we are not taking it seriously, it is very serious and sad that we have sat down this long. We have resources and we should be using them better,"

"The BNI director should be answering serious questions anytime these conflicts come up"

Mr Bentil also added that the President and Ministers of the state must request for full brief of the conflict. 

"Whenever there is a conflict like this in the country, the President and his Ministers should insist on the full brief of it," he added

President Akufo-Addo recently added his voice to the issue when he called on the chiefs and people of Chereponi to bring an end to the conflict.

The President said: “the Ghana that we are trying to build does not have space for conflict and violence. The seizure of lands by Konkombas and Anufors, we should try and stop those things. People have been farming for years, they know who farms on what land. We should try and bring those kinds of incidents to a conclusion. I am appealing through you for peace. Let peace remain here.”

The Chereponi District, a known hotspot in the region has very few police personnel and anytime there are trouble security forces always have to travel many hours on an extremely poor road to maintain calm.

The violence last year was resolved by the Regional Security Council and the tribes agreed to a ceasefire and agreed to unite.

The Tamale High Court has sentenced two convicts to a total of 10 years in prison with hard labour for their roles in the current conflict.