Bawku Conflict: Govt not interested in ending it — Bawah Barimah

Bawku Conflict: Govt not interested in ending it — Bawah Barimah

A member of the Defense and Interior Committee of Parliament, Bawah Muhammed Braimah, has chastised government for not showing interest in tackling the Bawku conflict.

According to him, despite the chunk of budget being approved by Parlament for the purposes of resolving conflicts like the Bawku conflict, the government is lacking the political will to effectively resolved such conflicts.

The ethnic conflict in Bawku has been reoccurring without a sustainable solutions. The lastest was an attack that occurred on December 18, at Sing Naatin, a suburb in Bawku which subsequently resulted in the loss of 7 lives with several properties being destroyed by some unknown gunmen.

Apart from the loss of human lives and property, the unrest disrupted economic and sociocultural activities, and caused internal displacement of people with its attendant social and economic repercussions.

For close to two decades after the inter-ethnic conflict, the rippling effects of the dispute continued to be pronounced.

Expressing concerns at the 2023 Annual Bissa Sukuma Festival in Kumasi, a member of the Defense and Interior committee of Ghana’s 8th Parliament, Bawah Muhammed Braimah, who doubles as the Member of Parliament for Ejura Sekyeredumase in the Ashanti Region described the killings and never ending attacks at Bawku as a worrisome situation.

He, however, blamed the NPP government for not showing interest despite a chunk of security budgets approved by Parlament, adding that the government lacks the political will in tackling the Bawku conflicts .

He further urged the government to up its game by showing interest in resolving the conflict at Bawku since it has the tendency of escalating to a different place in not curbed .

Meanwhile, the National Chairman of Bissa Development Association, Shaibu Musah Guttare, while acknowledging the effort of government in ensuring a peaceful elections in 2024 urged it to used a pragmatic measures by employing a different strategy instead of the current kids-glove strategy that it is trading the Bawku conflict so as to bring sanity and peace at Bawku.

He bemoaned that the escalation of the Bawku conflict has repercussion on the entire country.

He thus appealed to the government to deployed about two thousand military personnel to Bawku to suuround the town and search and disarmed every house and individuals to ensure peace prevails in the town.

Furthermore, the Local Organizing Committee Chairman of the Bissa Sukuma Festival, Mohammed Yahaya dispelled the misconception that Bissa are migrants and not Ghanaians, adding that some Bissas are Ghanaians from the Upper East Region of Ghana.

The 2023 Bissa Sukuma Festival was under the theme “Consolidating Our Unity and Culture For Development”.

The festival saw the attendance of several dignitaries, including the Emir of Gobe state in Nigeria, Dr. Abubakar Shehu Abubakar, New Edubiase MP, Abdul Salam, MP for Ejura, Bawah Braimah, CEO of Zongo Development Fund, Dr. Yassir Arafat, Presidential Coordinator for Zongo and Inner City, Dr. Ben Abdallah Banda and many others.

By: Abdul Basit Suleiman | | Ghana

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