WANEP appeals to House of Chiefs to halt chieftaincy-related conflicts
The West Africa Network for Peace building (WANEP-Ghana) has called on the National and Regional House of Chiefs to help curb the increasing chieftaincy related violent cases in some parts of the country.
It said within the first quarter of the year, its early warning system recorded a total of 66 cases out of which four were directly related to chieftaincy which had the potential of destabilizing the peace and security of the nation especially as the nation moves towards the general election in December.
WANEP-Ghana also called on the Parliamentary Select Committee on Chieftaincy and the Judiciary to review and resolved all chieftaincy cases in the country for peace to prevail since unresolved cases could be catalyst for disputes.
According to the 2012 first quarter National Human Security Alert report of WANEP, three proximate issues of concern included politically related tensions, chieftaincy incidents and armed robbery and circulation of arms and urged the security to be more cautious on these areas.
The WANEP-report also expressed worry about the sources of the arms circulating in the country and insisted that a large and sophisticated quantity remains within the country. “In the event of any conflict, an easy tool for expressing the difference will be arms and ammunitions…the Police must do well to retrieve the hidden weapons”.
It urged the security agencies to conduct periodic swoops in all areas with chieftaincy and political tensions to retrieve any stockpile of arms and ammunitions within factions adding that, such efforts should also be directed at criminal hideouts.
“We renew our call on Government, International Institutions and Civil Society groups to increase the communications, transport and ammunition detection capacities of the security agencies…the Police should also be provided with bulletproof uniforms and equipment to enable them respond effectively”, the report added.
It noted that there was the need for an effective collaboration between the Ghana Police, Customs division of the Ghana Revenue Authority (GRA), Immigration Services and the border communities to increase security patrols as well as identify the sources of arms in the country in order to reduce the movement of small arms and ammunitions.