BONABOTO reactivates peace mediation efforts in Bolga chieftaincy dispute

Patrick Obeng, GNA

Accra, Jan 21, GNA –
BONABOTO, a civil society organisation made up of natives from Bolgatanga,
Nabdam, Bongo and Tongo, has re-engaged the two families in the Bolgatanga
Chieftaincy dispute in an attempt to find a lasting solution to it.

Speaking to the
Ghana News Agency in an interview in Accra, Mr S.A. Abopam, Secretary to the
Peace Mediation Committee, A 14-member delegation led by Mr Robert Ajane,
Chairman of the Council of Elders, engaged the two families early this year and
appealed to them to give peace a chance and allow the court processes to travel
to a logical conclusion.

He named other
members of the delegation as Dr Andrew Akulaa, the National President, Mr Isaac
Aduko Adongo, Member of Parliament for the area and Very Rev. Fr. Samuel
Atinga, Cathedral Administrator

Speaking to both
families at separate meetings, he said the delegation appealed to the families
to encourage their youth to desist from acts of violence as it cost lives and
property and also patented the area with bad name.

He said the team
emphasised that the essence of chieftaincy was to preserve tradition, culture
and to facilitate development, adding that progress could not be achieved in an
environment riddled with violence and uncertainty.

The families were
entreated to be more responsible in ensuring that peace prevailed and sustained
before, during and after the court processes, he added.

In response, the
Secretary said both Naba Abeka Nongbuure Maltinga and Naba Awugya-Lebna Raymond
Alafia Abilba IV, expressed their appreciation to BONABOTO for seeking peace
and the general welfare of the area through their interventions, during the
early days of the issue and still pursuing same.

According to him,
members of the organisation believed BONABOTO was the best and most objective
to proffer a non-judicial solution to the conflict.

Mr Abopam said the
families assured the group they would do their best to restrain the youth, even
in the face of provocation, and appealed for the security services, especially
the police, to act more professionally.

BONABOTO assured the
families of their preparedness to reactivate the intermediation process to
resolve the issue.

And added the group
accordingly constituted a three-member working contact group led by Mr Nyeya
Yen with Mr James Awuni and Mr Stanley Abopam as members to ensure information
flow and engagement with the two families.

It would be recalled
that during 2015, BONABOTO engaged the two families in a bid to find an
amicable solution to the issue prior to both chiefs being enskinned which
subsequently led to legal battles.

Mr Abopam said,
though, both families at the time agreed with the group on the need to clearly
map an acceptable selection and succession framework and made proposals to that
effect, their proposals for the king making caucus had some few discrepancies
that BONABOTO needed to iron out.

These were yet being
worked when the issue deescalated, he added and that the group upon the success
of the latest round of mediation, communicated its intention to restart the
process in the medium to longterm to secure permanent peace and incident-free