The burnt down village of the herdsmen
The DCE of Nkoranza north, Kwadow Agyei Dwomo Kwakwa who led a marauding youth and the police to attack Fulani cattle herdsmen at Tanfiano in the Nkoranza North District of the Brong Ahafo Region has incurred the displeasure and anger of cattle owners and some chiefs of the area.
On that fateful day, the DCE mobilized some people onto a Kia tipper truck and went, in the company of police officers stationed at Busua station, to the residence of the Fulani herdsmen and set ablaze their houses and belongings, killing more than five cows in the process; which they took away.
25 houses, 62 bags of maize, 8 bags of millet and 4 bags of rice were burnt to ashes. They also seized a number of sheep belonging to the herdsmen. When the wives of the Fulanis tried to call their husbands who were absent when the incident took place, the DCE, instructed the mob to seize all their mobile phones.
Abukari Fulani who lost everything told DAILY GUIDE that they have been staying in the village with their cattle for so many years and have tried as much as possible to live peacefully with the farmers but were surprised when the DCE led the mob to attack them.
According to Abubakari, the cattle do not belong to them but some people in the district and they are paid to herd the cattle. He said on the day of the unwarranted attack, the DCE called him to come to the village but before he got there everything was on fire. He said when he reached the village the DCE told him that he got a report that the animals drink from the river the townsfolk fetch water for domestic use that was why they came to drive them away.
When DAILY GUIDE contacted Nana Oduro Pinkra (Amponnahene of Yefre) who owns that portion of land, he confirmed the incident but condemned the DCE’s behavior, describing it as unacceptable. He said if anything at all the DCE should have shown him respect as the landowner and contacted him before taking that action. He said the fact that some Fulani herdsmen have misbehaved in Agogo doesn’t mean all Fulani herdsmen in Ghana are the same adding he will officially petition President Mahama on the matter.
FROM Eric Bawah, Tamfiano