KONKOMBA-CHOKOSI CLASHES: REPORT TO BE PRESENTED TO PRESIDENT ON FRIDAY MARCH 1,2019; PEACE COUNCIL
The Secretary of the Northern Regional Peace Council Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah, has revealed the report of the fact findings of the mediation committee unveiled to investigate and unravel the core causes of the periodic conflicts between Konkombas and Anufos(Chokosis) and make appropriate recommendations will be presented to the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo on Friday March 1,2019 at the Jubilee House.
A five member fact finding committee was on January 12,2019 unveiled in Tamale by the Minister of Interior Mr Ambrose Dery. The mandate of the committee which is chaired by a former Inspector General of Police Mr Patrick Acheampong spanned from January 12 to February 12,2019.
Other members of the committee are; Commander of the Customs Division of the Ghana Revenue Authority Mr Paul Kwasi Ahiakpor, who represents the Northern Regional Security Council(REGSEC), Northern Regional Secretary of the National Peace Council Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah, Pastor Azumah Kofi, a member of the Chokosi Community, and Joshua Yikpri, a member of the Konkomba Community.
Though a peace pact was signed in Tamale by chiefs of both tribes, peaceful cohesion has eluded both tribes since January 1,2019. Road blocks that were erected in the adjoining communities in both Saboba and Chereponi continue to remain preventing crossing overs to and from both sides.
Shared market in Saboba since the conflicts have never been patronized by traders from Chereponi and vic versa.
This has affected productivity in both areas.
But the Northern Regional Secretary of the National Peace Council Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah said recommendations made in the report will restore lasting cohesion among the two tribes.
He also entreated residents especially the youth to eschew all acts of violence.
Reverend Father Thaddeus Kuusah was addressing a durbar in Chereponi organized by the Members of Parliament for the Chereponi, Saboba, and Wulensi Constituencies chaired by the Regent of Chereponi Pastor Kofi
Jaminja Ndakar who assured members of the Peace Council of his continuous support to the peace process.
At least six communities in both the Saboba and Chereponi Districts came under an almost seven days siege after a renewed clash which commenced from Nanduni, a community in Chereponi where thatched homes were torched.
At least a dozen people were killed while property ranging from silos, motorbikes, tricycles, and farm produce were also destroyed in the fire.