We want peace and development, not vigilantism – Gwollu Chief

By
D.I. Laary, GNA

Gwollu (UWR), Oct 22,
GNA – Kuoru Kuri-Buktie Limann IV, the Paramount Chief of Gwollu Traditional
Area, has condemned formation of vigilante groups by political parties as
unhealthy to economic growth and inimical to national development.

He has therefore
called on political actors to focus their attention on improving roads,
education, health and water systems, to improve living conditions of ordinary
citizens, saying: “we want peace and development and not vigilantism”.

The Chief who was
speaking to journalists in Gwollu, the Sissila West District Capital in the
Upper West Region, said formation of vigilante groups often disrupted law and
order as the members without legal authority mostly unleash mayhem on innocent
citizens.

Kuoru Limann IV call
for peace and development in the Sissila District following an eruption of a
brawl on Friday between two New Patriotic Party (NPP) factions over accusations
of impropriety against the District Chief Executive (DCE, Mr Mohammed Zackaria
Bakor) and Member of Parliament (MP, Mr Patrick Alhassan Adama) of the area.

“I am pleading with
the two sections [of the NPP] to pass through the normal way to have things
changed, you can’t sit on your own and call for vigilante action, it’s not good,”
he said.

“We want good
governance in the District to bring about progress and advancement,” he said
and added: “They should look at our roads, our water system, and our education
system and see what they can do”.

The Chief said
vigilante action retards social and economic progress, since when the District
eventually gained ‘notoriety’ for being tagged “troublesome or war-torn”, it
would drive away investors.

He recalled that when
Former President Dr Hilla Limann, a native of Gwollu, was unlawfully removed
from office the people did not fight, but resorted to peaceful redress through
the “normal way and today it’s a changed situation”. 

“You see it’s not good
for our District to be called a vigilante district, our ancestors were not
fighting against each other, so it should not happen with the political parties
that have come,” he said.

Kuoro Limann IV
pledged to invite the two NPP groups for amicable settlement to pave way for
peace and development to go on to improve lives of the people in the
traditional area.

On Friday, some
Constituency Executives and party elders of the NPP in Sissala West convened a
press briefing on what they described as “the sorry state of the NPP” in the
Constituency.

Constituency Secretary
and Spokesperson for the Executives, Mr Abdul Rauf Zini, told the press that
the actions and inactions of the DCE and the MP were “uncomplimentary and an
affront,” to President Akufo-Addo’s vision of growth and development of the
country and the Party.

The Executives
therefore called for the removal of the DCE from office and also demanded Party
stalwarts to intervene to bring the MP to order, to allow him focus on his core
responsibilities of serving the Constituency.

There was however,
another counter press conference on Saturday by another NPP group who refuted
the rafted allegations catalogued by the executives, and rather demanded the
Party Executives in the Constituency take steps to bring unity within the
Party.

Spokesperson for the
group, Mr Karim Hudu Muah, said the Executives ought to make an attempt to
reunite and reconcile the rank and file of the Party since sharp divisions
emerged after their last Constituency and polling station elections.

“We were all together
in 2016, but the time we were going to the Constituency elections, some names
were deleted,” Mr Tomy Salifu, Former Polling Station Executive Chairman for
Sorbella Polling Station ‘B’ told the Ghana News Agency: “Look! My welding shop
was destroyed, but we are all one and we are ready for peace”.

GNA

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