Chieftaincy dispute undoubtedly is one of the oldest threat to a nation’s peace and security. The question of how it was solved, measures put in place to intercept for future prevention is yet to be tackled.
Security Analyst, Nana Owusu Sekyere is questioning that, “If chieftaincy dispute is the oldest threat to peace and security in Ghana, can we have evidence of what we have done in the past to guide us implement a more sustainable security strategy”.
A nation with people of different interest will find it difficult handling issues of security, he added.
According to him, a nation will be able to solve its security issues only when it identifies and define it national interest and protect it in unity.
He said, “We may have to identify and define our national interest so that we can tackle appropriately the insecurities that surround those interest”.
Nana Owusu Sekyere advised that “Where we have multiplicity of undefined interest as a people, we are likely NOT to be able to tackle those insecurities”.
Some parts of the country have been rendered insecure after series of clashes over chieftaincy issues.
The said case in Bimbilla has led to the death of 11 people and several injured. One hundred and thirty police officers and 40 soldiers were deployed to the area last week to keep the peace and also protect the Regent and others who may be targeted for elimination.
Interior Minister Ambrose Dery said, the dispatch was necessary following the killing and destruction caused last Tuesday.
The dead include three children, six women, and a male adult. The deceased children were all under five. Eighteen people who got injured in the clashes were also receiving treatment at the hospital.
The conflict started following an attempt by the Bimbilla Regent to install a sub-chief, an action which flew in the face of an earlier agreement against any of the four gates doing so.
A similar one in Oshieyie in the GA South Municipality also led to the death of 1 and 4 injured. The renewed dispute arose when the youth in the community pounced on persons that they believed are supporters of a rival chief.
Nana Owusu Sekyere says, the country should be able to define it interests in other to tackle the insecurities that erupts as a result.
Source: Topfmonline.com/ Maame Yaa Emefa Coffie