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Business community worried over Bolgatanga chieftaincy conflict

Bolgatanga, Aug. 6,
GNA – The business community in the Bolgatanga Municipality, have called on
government to help find lasting solution to the Bolgatanga chieftaincy
conflict.

Some of the traders,
who made the call in Bolgatanga while speaking to the Ghana News Agency said
the conflict was becoming a nuisance for business.

They said the
situation was worsening daily, especially since a Bolgatanga High Court
Presided by Mr Jacob Boon, annulled a ruling by the Upper East Regional House
of Chiefs that legitimised the enskinment of Naba Awogeya Lemna Alafia Abilba IV,
as the Paramount Chief of Bolgatanga.

This compelled the
Upper East Regional Security Council to hold an emergency meeting to deliberate
on the incident

Mr Henry Bakiye, the
Chief Executive Officer of Rykivella Ventures said the continues back and forth
litigation of the over the dispute had affected business.

He said there was too
much fear, suspicion and distrust among residents and especially the business
community.

Madam Lamisi
Angmeliga, a clothes dealer said: “The politicians know where the truth is but
they don’t want to speak out. They are rather funning the conflict just because
some people are claiming their government will give them the skin. Chieftaincy
has got nothing to do with politics, government must help the people resolve
the problem to halt these useless fatalities.”

Hajia Amina Iddrisu, a
trader said: “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 issues can’t solve
Chieftaincy problems,” she noted.

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

Since then, there has
been succession dispute over enskinment rights and rights to the skin.

GNA

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