Conflicts are always in vicious cycles and cannot be ended permanently as there will always be disagreements between factions, intolerance of views and opinions, competing ideas, favoritism, nepotism, deception and abuse of power, Security Analyst Nana Owusu Sekyere has stated.
A similar issue seems to be happening at Bimbilla in the Northern Region. Chieftaincy disputes between two chieftaincy gates in Bimbilla have again erupted leaving 10 dead and many injured.
Information gathered also indicate that 17 men have been arrested but in connection with breaking curfew rules, a local reporter on the grounds stated.
The curfew hours in Bimbilla have been raised to 6am to 4pm to provide maximum security for persons still living in the vicinity.
In a statement copied to Topfmonline.com, the security analyst asks “Does this not question if any, the sustainable security measures we have in place? Don’t forget its one thing having a security measure and another thing making it sustainable”.
These, Nana Owusu Sekyere has in a statement stated possible ways and guidance to look up to as the country moves forward.
Read a copy below;
Taking Stock of Bimbilla from A Security Lens
For the majority of scholars, students of security studies and widely read individuals, conflicts are inevitable.
However it is how you manage the conflict that matters most. Let’s not be under any illusion that conflicts have a permanent solution. It’s almost like a vicious cycle.
In so far as human being exist, when there are disagreements between factions, intolerance of views and opinions , competing ideas, favoritism, nepotism, deception, abuse of power etc etc conflict abounds .
Whiles we take stock of the chieftaincy dispute in Bimbilla, a set of questions and thinking must guide us to move forward as nation.
- If the 2/3 day chieftaincy dispute left *11 people dead*, 17 people arrested and scores sustaining various degree of injuries, can we imagine the number of casualties if the conflict lasted for a week?
- Does this not question if any, the sustainable security measures we have in place? Don’t forget its one thing having a security measure and another thing making it sustainable.
- Granting we have a sustainable security measure to lock down chieftaincy disputes, then on this occasion what happened. Did it fail us or it didn’t?
- Could institutional failure be blamed for this? If so which institutions? Traditional council? Regional house of chiefs? National house of chiefs or the Police?
- If the mandated institutions failed us, would it be far-fetched to interrogate and rebuild their capacity? We must also identify which key capacity they need or fall short off.
- It is important to note that the dynamics in society gives birth to new insecurities. So then the question of novelty must feature in future security strategies to manage this protracted conflict.
- Where are the factions getting their arms from? Does this not touch on the subject matter of proliferation of arms in the country? Maybe we haven’t seen the last of it yet.
In conclusion, the activities of chieftaincy institutions largely aide in social cohesion and builds national security.
Therefore the dangers in not preserving the power and integrity they wield only opens the flood gates for unimaginable levels of ill, the statement added.
Source: Topfmonline.com/Maame Yaa Emefa Coffie