Baare Chief reading Traditional Council?s statement

The leadership of Tindongo and Namoalgo in the Talensi district in the Upper East region have taken steps towards restoring peace between their people after a recent conflict led to the death of four persons.

The leadership of the two communities over the weekend jointly poured libation to inform their ancestors of their decision to put their grievances aside so that they can co-exist peacefully again.

They are expected to perform other joint rites including animal sacrifice and community discussions in the two communities after all other impediments have been resolved to conclude the process towards restoring peace.

It will be recalled that the people of Tindongo and Namoalgo clashed on Tuesday June 5, 2012, following tension between the two communities over the ownership of a piece of land. By the time the police restored calm to the area two people from each side had already been killed.

The ceremony was witnessed by chiefs and traditional elders from Talensi traditional area, as well as the Deputy Regional Minister, Lucy Awuni, the Talensi District Chief Executive (DCE), Vivian Anafo and the regional police command.
The President and Paramount Chief of the Talensi Traditional Council in a statement read on his behalf by the chief of Baare, Naba Sylvester Balangumyetimi, at the durbar of chiefs and people of the two communities at Namoalgo, called on both sides to always use dialogue to settle their misunderstandings.

According to him, the decision to smoke the peace pipe was reached after series of mediation by a committee instituted by the Talensi Traditional Council to help find lasting peace between the two communities.

?Having come this far, I wish to make a passionate appeal to the Hon. Regional Minister and government to help withdraw the case from court for a peaceful settlement by the Traditional Council since it has already started the mediation? I assure the regional minister that the Talensi Traditional Council will be in a position to get a lasting solution to the unfortunate incident for peace and development to prevail in the area,? the statement added.

The Upper East Regional Staff Officer of the Ghana Police Office, DSP Charles Obiri commended the two communities for agreeing to settle their differences, indicating the decision was the beginning of the peace building process.

Touching on their request for the withdrawal of the case from court, DSP Obiri said ?after all the case is in court to ensure a peaceful settlement, and so if you can assure that you are in a position to do that then your request can be granted. But you must first address all bottlenecks that can spark the conflict again.?

The Deputy Regional Minister, Mrs. Awuni called on the Traditional Council to encourage their members to educate their people on the need for tolerance and always use dialogue in settling disputes especially as the nation gradually enters the political campaign season.

?As chiefs you are not supposed to do open politics and so I urge you that as the flag bearers of the various political parties pay their courtesy calls, I urge you to bless them all and advise them to be civil in their campaigns to ensure that Ghana remains peaceful throughout the campaign phase and even after. Please try as much as you can to ensure that you don?t endorse any flag bearer publicly; this could divide your followers and they may not listen to you even if you intend to mobilize them for development,? Mrs. Awuni advised.

 From: Ebo Bruce-Quansah, Namoalgo

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