Ghana’s largest opposition party, the National Democratic Congress (NDC) has been identified as one group meddling into the chieftaincy impasse of the Nanumba traditional area in Bimbilla. The party is accused to have been fanning the age-long chieftaincy crisis to undermine another faction in the dispute. According to the family of the late Naa Salifu Dawuni in a news conference held in Bimbilla on Wednesday, they said the erstwhile Mahama led NDC government for over three years denied their father his right to burial for reasons that cannot be explained. Adding this was a capricious and arbitrary use of government machinery then, to deny a citizen of this country his right to burial in his home town, Bimbilla and in his private residence.
Gbei-Naa Amadu Mustapha Zakaria who addressed the media on behalf of the family said they are compelled to speak at this crucial moment because two groups of enemies of progress and peace have emerged on the scene, polluting the media landscape with very mischievous press conferences calculated at undermining the peaceful burial of the late Naa Salifu Dawuni.
He mentioned the minority National Democratic Congress in Parliament, whose acts of commission and omissions precipitated and fanned the chieftaincy unrest in the area. He described their recent pronouncement on the issue as hypocritical, for try to find scapegoats in some officials of the Akuffo Addo government.
Minority statement by James Agalga
The Minority spokesperson on Interior and Defense, Hon James Agalga earlier on called on President Nana Addo Dankwah Akuffo Addo, to call officials of his government who have allegedly been interfering in the Bimbilla chieftaincy dispute to order. He said their interference could affect the peace of the area ahead of the burial of the late Naa Salifu Dawuni.
But with this, the family of the late Naa Salifu Dawuni recounted the pronouncement made by the former Interior Minister, James Agalga banning with impunity, a section of butchers in Bimbilla from practicing their trade. “Without any basis, the pronouncement was subsequently enforced by the DISEC of the Nanumba North District. This was a violation of their economic right with economic vulnerability of the innocent butchers as only a consequence” he revealed.
Gbei-Naa stated that “it has therefore become abundantly clear that Hon James Agalga and the rest of the minority in parliament are burnt on completing their unfinished business of doing the bidding of the late Andani Dasana family and alleged until his decision to contest the throne was the Northern Regional Treasurer of the NDC”.
The family however considered the government’s decision to release the mortal remains of their father as a bold decision. We applaud President Nana Akuffo Addo for demonstrating an embodiment of the rule of law and natural justice. “What the government has simply done is to respect the fundamental human rights of a citizen of this country. This is something the NDC government failed to do,” Gbei-Naa said.
by: Mohammed Gadafi, northstarfmonline.com _ firstname.lastname@example.org