A security analyst, Adam Bona has said the government’s inability to station security personnel at Chereponi is one of the reasons the protracted conflict between Konkombas and Anufuls has not ended
Speaking on Eyewitness News on Friday Adam Bona said the current clashes in Chereponi shouldn’t be ignored as it can escalate into something beyond the 1994 Konkomba-Nanumba clashes.“What we are missing has to do with the fact that, this conflict is a protracted one. It has been there for decades and so what we haven’t done very well is to have a sustainable presence of security. So every now and then, when things begin to get out of hand we rush and drop police and military officers there for a while because funding is a problem. So we cannot maintain a certain level of consistency in these communities,” he said.
He also said because of all the challenges involved in keeping the security personnel there, there is eventually a full withdrawal, giving the group an opportunity to quickly regroup and continue with their fights.
On Thursday residents of Chereponi embarked on a demonstration exercise to register their displeasure over insecurity in the district occasioned by recurrent clashes between Konkombas and Anufuls.
The residents are also opposed to a Regional Security Council’s ban on the use of motorbikes in the area.
The REGSEC on Thursday announced a ban on motorbikes in the area, with the exception of civil servants and essential service providers after renewed clashes erupted.
The demonstrators believe the decision will affect residents since they depend on motorbikes when they are under attack.
Addressing the crowd, a resident, Hajia Hawa Bukari called on the President to intervene.
“We the women and children are here to let Nana Addo know that the security situation in our community keeps deteriorating every day. There are sporadic attacks at every community away from Chereponi.”
Last month there were reprisal attacks in Chereponi, leaving many especially women and children displaced after their homes were razed.
The women and children who fled their communities during the conflict had to result to begging for basic supplies to survive.
The people who are now internally displaced and living in a crowded space now struggle for food, water and clothes.
The National Peace Council in an attempt to ease the chaos of the conflict called for a swift implementation of the recommendations by the fact-finding committee on the Anuful/Konkomba conflict.
Meanwhile, sixteen persons have been arrested following reprisal attacks in Chereponi in the North East Region.
One of the suspects who fired at security personnel was shot in the thigh and is receiving treatment at Chereponi hospital under security guard.
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