Bunkpurugu, (N/R), April 10, GNA - Mr. Moses Bukari Mabengba, Northern Regional Minister has asked the chiefs and people in the Bunkpurugu/Yunyoo District to put an end to the intra and inter ethnic conflicts in the area and chart a new path for peace and development.
He said although government would not interfere in chieftaincy affairs it would also not relent on its responsibility of maintaining law and order.
Mr, Mabengba made the request when he led members of the Regional Security Committee, on Thursday to visit communities in the area affected by violent clashes between Komkombas and Bimobas over chieftaincy and land disputes.
Some of the communities the Minister and his entourage visited included: Gushiegu, Temaa, Bunkpurugu, Yunyoo, Tobong and Nakpanduri.
Mr. Mabengba told the people to focus on how they could reduce poverty, illiteracy and disease, which are their common enemies.
He expressed regret that the people are engaged in conflicts instead of tacking widespread poverty in the area.
Mr. Mabengba cautioned the youth in particular not to yield to the selfish ends of some politicians to engage in acts of lawlessness and rather channel their youthful exuberance into productive ventures.
He said government was spending billions of cedis to maintain peace in the district and would no longer tolerate the culture of impunity among the belligerent factions.
The Regional Minister said in future the security services would be compelled to arrest any chief found to be causing trouble in the district.
Kpambeng-dean Azmdow Samare, Chief of Temma said the town recorded two conflicts early this year resulting in the loss of lives and burning of houses.
The chief said some prominent politicians in the area were responsible for the conflicts and urged the security services to do their home work properly to bring them to book to ensure peace and stability.
At Gushiegu, the Regional Minister presented 200 packets of roofing sheets to the victims of the 2008 election campaign clashes between supporters of the National Democratic Congress and the New Patriotic Party that resulted in the death of a chief and three others.
About 41 houses and 17 stores were burnt and looted during the violent clash.