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18.10.2008 Regional News

Mamfe Petitions Gods

By Michael Danso, Akropong -

WORRIED about the spate of motor accidents on the Mamfe-Koforidua stretch of the Accra- Koforidua highway, the chiefs and elders of Mamfe last Friday  performed traditional rituals to stem the occurrences.

Two rams were slaughtered to pacify the gods and seek their intervention to stall further fatal accidents on that portion of the road.

Speaking to the press here yesterday, Osabarima Ansah Sasraku III, Chief of Mamfe, deplored the rampant spate of accidents in the area and cited the one involving three vehicles and the loss of 14 lives.

“This explains the ritual to cleanse the area,” he stated, adding that the Christians in the town had been at the spot the previous day to offer prayers.

He urged the district assembly to get the overgrown bushes along the road cleared to enhance visibility, and asked the Ghana Highway Authority to erect road signs along the road to guide drivers.

Eugene Kofi Asante, the local Ghana Private Road and Transport Union chairman, blamed recalcitrant and impatient drivers for most of the accidents which, according to him, were avoidable.

The GPRTU, he said, was liaising with the Eastern Regional Highway Authority to address the problem.