THE DISTRICT Chief Executive Officer for Kwabre East, Mr. Adams Iddisah and his entourage were handed a cold reception by the chiefs and people of Kenyasi, three days after the bloody demonstration that led several people injured.
Attempts by the DCE to placate traditional authorities in the aftermath of the unfortunate incident hit a snag, after the chiefs declined overtures by the government representative in the district.
The chiefs also rejected a customary package presented to them by the DCE, as a sign of reconciliation and efforts to assuage the pain of the people in the Kenyasi community.
Information gathered by The Chronicle reveals that the chiefs declined the presents and the reconciliation move, because of a case pending before the Ashanti river deity, Antoa Nyamaa, after one demonstrator who was shot by the police invoked the river deity.
Accordingly, the chiefs could not commence any negotiation or receive gift from any government representative as that would be prejudicial to the traditional process before the river deity.
Hon. Iddisah and his delegation had to leave the Kenyasi chief’s Palace feeling morose and disappointed.
The DCE was among personalities who incurred the wrath of the youth of the Kenyasi who demonstrated on Monday against the deplorable nature of roads in the area.
Several people sustained various degrees of injuries when a team of police personnel, deployed to maintain law and order opened fire on the demonstrators, firing shots and tear gas to disperse the crowd.
The angry youth had blocked the road linking Kenyasi to Kumasi to protest seeming refusal on the part of government to fulfill its promise to construct the road. About 16 casualties were recorded in the violent demonstration on Monday.
Meanwhile, the Ashanti Regional Minister, Hon. Eric Opoku is on record to have stated that the Kenyasi-Buokrom road has been awarded on contract already and that the action of the youth stemmed from lack of communication.