By: Richard Attenkah, Ashaiman
The Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive, Numo Adinortey Addison, last Monday, fled from a parcel of land he had allegedly bought to undertake a school project to avoid a bloody clash with some Moslem youth in the municipality.
The angry Moslem youth would not allow the Chief Executive to use his position and security network around him to cow them into giving out their seven acre plot, which they intend to use to develop projects that would inure to the benefit of Moslems in the area.
The action of the youth caused fear and panic among residents in the area, especially women and children, as they ran helter-skelter to save their lives.
Wielding deadly implements such as pinch bars and machetes among others, the hundreds of Moslem youth set lorry tires ablaze at the four corners of the land, amidst chanting 'Allahu Akbar', which literary means 'Allah is great'.
The youth further slaughtered a ram to perhaps indicate the fact that they were battle-ready to protect the land, which presently houses an Arabic and English School, a mosque, and an uncompleted three classroom block to train the Moslem women in the community.
The youth said their action was also to send a signal to Adinortey not to dare put up any structures on the land they call 'Eid prayer land,' else anything could happen.
'We are ready to fight with all the venom in us if the MCE dares us and moves contractors to develop this land for his personal use. We, the Moslem youth in Ashaiman, are ready to face the defensive challenge Mr Addinortey would bring,' they pointed out.
In an interview with the media, the Deputy General Secretary of the Ashaiman Moslem Youth Association, Umar Farouk Husein Abdel Nasamu, said they had information from some assembly members in the Municipality that Adinortey had allegedly paid GH¢170,000 to one Mallam Umar and some Moslem chiefs in the area to release the land to him for his personal project.
Mallam Umar is the man who possesses all documents on the said land, which was released to the Ashaiman Moslems by the Tema chiefs and handed over to Alhaji Kunta, the late caretaker in 1980.
He said as a result, they contacted all the 23 Moslem chiefs in the area, and 21 of them confirmed the sale of the land to the MCE, who, according to them, said he wanted the land for his personal project.
Umar Farouk wondered why their chiefs could take such a huge sum of money from the Ashaiman Mayor, release the land, and condone with him on such an issue, and warned that they (the Moslem youth) would resist any attempt by anybody to develop the land.
'We have notified the National and Regional Chief Imams, the Divisional Police Commander, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, and all opinion leaders of our readiness to protect this land against the MCE, so we want to tell him not to dare us,' he stressed.
Meanwhile, the Ashaiman Municipal Chief Executive has confirmed that he has purchased the land in question, but denied that he bought it for his personal use.
According to him, the land, which was bought by the Assembly from its legitimate owner, the Mali Embassy in Ghana, was meant to undertake a Ghana Education Trust Fund (GETfund) project, aimed at eliminating the school shift system in public schools in Ashaiman.
He accused some elements in the Ashaiman New Patriotic Party (NPP) who, according to him, were inciting the Moslem youth to kick against the project, because they were envious of the development records of the National Democratic Congress (NDC) government in the municipality.