President Nana Addo must probe Bole-Bamboi DCE’s role in chieftaincy clash – Group

President Nana Addo-Dankwa Akufo Addo and his Vice, Mahamudu Bawumia

A group calling itself Bole Concerned Youth Association has called on the Presidency to investigate the role of the District Chief Executive (DCE) for Bole-Bamboi in the recent chieftaincy dispute at Bole in the Northern Region.

The group has accused the DCE for the area of fueling recent chieftaincy disturbances at Bole. It has alleged that the DCE has assumed an entrenched position in the matter, and is resourcing one of the factions with arms to fight their opponents.

According to reports, one faction in the chieftaincy dispute, Mandari, was celebrating the Damba festival when some persons who belong to the Alhaji Abudu gate, fired into the crowd, killing one person on the spot and injuring two others.

The Interior Ministry has since imposed a 6:00pm to 6:00am curfew on the Bole Township and its environs, following the disturbances.

It has also banned residents from carrying ammunition or offensive weapons with a threat of prosecution if they fail to adhere to the order.

The Bole Concerned Youth Association said the recent development in the area has affected businesses and other economic activities in the town.

Leader of the group, Abdulai Haruna Obey, alleged that the DCE who is supposed to be an independent mediator between the feuding factions, has rather taken sides in the matter.

According to him, the DCE, Veronica Alele Heming, has used her official vehicle to convey some armed warriors from a neighboring village to help one of the factions in the dispute to foment troubles.

He claimed that the motive of the DCE was to prevent people from attending the traditional Damba dance which was organized by Chief Kant Issahaku to commemorate his enskinment to the throne.

“It is our hope and prayer that the President will use his highly respected office and will treat our concerns with all the seriousness it deserves by revoking the appointment of the DCE so as to avert further bloodshed orchestrated and supervised by the DCE. We are asking the President to take out the DCE and bring a new one,” he appealed.

The group said it has lost confidence in the leadership of the DCE since she has failed as the chairperson of the DISEC to ensure peace in the area.


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