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07.03.2009 Politics

Asante-Akim South marks anniversary amidst tight security


The celebration of Ghana's 52nd Independence anniversary in the Asante-Akim South District at Juaso Presbyterian Junior High School Park on Friday was held amidst heavy security presence.

The move, which was to forestall a clash between the two factions of the Juaso chieftaincy dispute, almost took away the beauty of the event as fear and tension engulfed the event.

Some parents had to whisk away their children from the parade ground following a confrontation between security personnel and a group of youth who were escorting a sub-chief of Amuana-Praso to the parade ground.

Nana Antwi Boasiako, Twafohene, who had earlier been cautioned by the police not to attend the function for security reasons, defied the order compelling the police to prevent him and his entourage and this degenerated into a chaotic scene.

As a result the programme, which was scheduled to begin at 0900 hours, started two hours late as education authorities had a hectic time to re-organise pupils who had dispersed.

The two rival chiefs, Nana Owusu Achiaw Prempeh and Nana Safrotwie Sarpong, had both claimed to have been invited to the function.

They were however advised by the security personnel on the morning of the event not to attend the function.

Mr. K Akuamoah Boateng, the District Co-ordinating Director, addressed the parade.