Kpembewura charged over Salaga NPP office fire

Kpembewura charged over Salaga NPP office fire

The Gonja Traditional Council at an extraordinary Gonja Traditional Council has fined Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area of Gonja, Kpembew

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The Gonja Traditional Council at an extraordinary Gonja Traditional Council has fined Paramount Chief of the Kpembe Traditional Area of Gonja, Kpembewura Bismark Haruna Banbage in relation to the burning of NPP office at Salaga.

Kpembewura has been asked to pay a fine of GH¢2,000 and two goats.

This decision was taken at a meeting held in Damongo to deliberate on the inauguration of the newly created Savannah Region and the riots resulting in the burning of the NPP office at Salaga in the West Gonja Municipality.

The Kpembewura was also charged to renovate the destroyed office of the NPP and hand it over to the party but the Buipewura who is the Vice- President of the Gonja Traditional Council pleaded on his behalf.

According to the Buipewura, renovating the office will be too harsh a punishment as that is a political matter and has nothing to do with the Savannah Region.

The Gonja Traditional Council also decided on a visit to the Jubilee House to render an official apology to President Nana Akufo-Addo for the misbehaviour of the Salaga Youth after Damongo was named capital of the Savannah Region.

The delegation is expected to include about a dozen prominent Chiefs from Gonjaland to be led by the National Chief Imam Sheik Nuhu Sherabutu to the Presidency.

Funding for the visit is to be provided by the Kpembewura as part of the punishment of the Gonjaland Traditional Council.

The Kpembewura at the meeting took full responsibility for the action of the youth as the chief of the area and promised to pay all that has been charged.

Speaking at the meeting, the Northern Regional Police Commander, Mr Timothy Yorga expressed worries about the rate of high way robbery especially on the Bole to Bamboi stretch of road and urged citizens to volunteer information to the police to help arrest the ruthless robbers.

He further appealed to the government through the Yagbonwura to help the police with pickups and other logistics that will enable them perform their duties without hindrance.

Mr Yorgah further appealed to the Overlord of Gonja and all chiefs of the Savannah Region to resolve all chieftaincy disputes in order to facilitate and accelerate development and improve the living conditions of residents.

The Police chief demanded an end to all land and chieftaincy hostility in Gonjaland.

According to him, chiefs should review the process of land acquisition in their localities, proposing that chiefs must seek technical advice from the Town and country planning officials before selling or leasing lands to individuals or companies because the Town and country planning experts would help design better layout.

He also used the opportunity to request from Yagbonwura and the chiefs of the newly created Savannah Region to allocate 25 to 30 acres of land to the police to put up infrastructure at Damongo.

The chief of Buipe and Vice- President of the Gonja Traditional, Buipewura Abdulai Jinapor used the platform to discuss a press release condemning the burning and destruction of NPP party office in Salaga, following the announcement of Damongo as the regional capital of the Savanna region.

Buipewura Jinapor said the yet to be made public release will thank the President for his courageous decision in creating Savanna region and will apologise to President on what happened in Salaga.

The DCE for Bole Bole District Madam Veronica Alele who represented government at the meeting appealed to the chiefs to look into lifting the curfew that has been imposed on Bole and its surrounding areas since that is retarding development in the area.

Deliberating on how to inaugurate the newly created region, the Tulwewura suggested the formation of a seven-member committee to help look into the inauguration process but a former Northern Regional Minister, Alhaji Mohammed Muniru Limuna asked for the expansion of the membership of the committee since the inauguration must be organised well. He also asked for the inclusion of the three former Regional ministers namely Alhaji Gilbert Seidu Iddi, Alhaji Boniface Boniface Abubakari Sadik, other prominent people from Gonjaland like Dr Abu Sakara, all past and present DCE’s, former and current MPs in the Savannah area to help in the work of the committee.

The date for the inauguration is expected to be announced by the committee after everything is done with some chiefs suggesting that it should be merged with the Annual Gonjaland youth Association Congress that will be held in Damongo in April, 2019 but many of the chiefs and people present never supported that idea and said the inauguration must be done separately.

By: Zion Abdul Rauf/