Business community worried over Bolga chieftaincy conflict

Bolgatanga, Aug. 12,
GNA – The Business Community in the Bolgatanga Municipality has called on the
Government to, as a matter of urgency, find lasting solution to the Bolgatanga
chieftaincy conflict as the area was becoming fragile each passing day.

The business owners
made the call in an interview with the Ghana News Agency and said the area was
becoming unsafe for business transactions.

A Bolgatanga High
Court, Presided by Mr Jacob Boon, had annulled an earlier ruling by the Upper
East Regional House of Chiefs that legitimised the enskinment of Naba Awogeya
Lemna Alafia Abilba IV, as Paramount Chief of the Bolgatanga Traditional Area.

The ruling, as
interpreted by the court, means that for now Bolgatanga has no chief.

On Sunday night the
GNA gathered that the conflict sparked again recording some injuries.

The Upper East
Regional Security Council held an emergency closed door meeting on Tuesday to
deliberate on the incident, which has been described by the Business Community
as unfortunate and disturbing.

Mr Henry Bakiye, the
Chief Executive Officer of Rykivella Ventures, bemoaned the continuous
litigation and said it had affected business activities.

He said there was too
much fear, suspicion and mistrust among residents and businesses and called on
the Government to intervene.

Madam Lamisi
Angmeliga, a clothes dealer, said: “Chieftaincy has got nothing to do with
politics, government must help the people to resolve the problem to halt these

Hajia Amina Iddrisu, a
trader at the Old Central Market, complained about the sharp decline in sales,
adding; “we depend on our suppliers for credit to do business but these days
there is no sales and our creditors are on us.

“Government must
intervene to solve the problem once and for all. These court rulings can’t
solve chieftaincy problems,” she added.

The conflicts begun
about three years ago with the passing on of the Paramount Chief of Bolgatanga
Traditional Area, Naba Martin Adongo Abilba IV.

Since then, there has
been succession dispute over enskinment rights and rights to the skin, which
the Regional House of Chiefs, following historic precedents, turned down a
petition by the Apagre Family that presented Mr Joseph Apagre as its candidate
whom the Overlord of Mamprugu enskined.

The GNA observed that
since Monday, businesses in the Bolga Township close early and by 2000 hours
only a handful of them are seen operating.


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