After five years of staying out of the Inter-Ethnic Peace Committee on the Bawku conflict, the Mamprusis have now resolved to return to the negotiating table.
This is expected to advance attempts at bringing lasting peace to Bawku which has been mired in ethnic conflicts for decades.
Speaking to Joy News’ Seth Kwame Boateng, the Upper East Regional Minister, Alhaji Limuna Mohammed-Muniru noted that the Mamprusis are “prepared to smoke the peace-pipe and complete the road-map in order to reach peace so that Bawku will come back to normalcy”.
Tuesday, February 4, 2014, the leadership of the Mamprusis was at the Flagstaff House to announce the decision following several appeals from President John Mahama.
The committee, made up of representatives of both Kusasis and Mamprusis in Bawku were tasked to work towards restoring lasting peace to Bawku but the process stalled after the Mamprusis withdrew from the negotiations.
According to the Upper East Regional minister, the representatives of the Mamprusis raised concerns about their inability to perform the Damba festival, issues of land ownership as well as issues of not being able to perform the funeral of their late chief when they met with the President.
The Mamprusis are demanding that the issues raised be resolved immediately.
Alhaji Mohammed-Muniru, who is the Chairman of the Regional Security Council (REGSEC), pointed out that the concerns raised by the Mamprusis are being addressed.
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