The military command in Tamale has ordered a temporary stoppage of work on the new Gbewaa Palace at Yendi to forestall any possible misunderstanding between the two feuding factions in the Dagbon chieftaincy crisis. It has also ordered that none of the members of the two factions should step foot at the palace until further notice.
Work on the temporary palace, according to the officer commanding of the sixth battalion Major Sammy Adorkor, is about 98 per cent complete.
In an interview in Tamale, he explained that the decision was arrived at a couple of days ago when some concoction in an earthenware pot was found in one of the rooms at the new palace.
The commander said one of the factions raised an alarm over the presence of the said pot in the room since it could contain some spiritual powers. However, both the Andani and Abudu factions had denied knowledge or ownership of the pot.
He said, at the moment, the pot had been placed under the care of the Yendi District Assembly. On the security situation in the Dagbon traditional area, Major Adorkor said that there was calm and the people were going about their businesses peacefully.
He gave the assurance that his outfit was up and doing and urged the people to continue to co-operate with the security agencies to ensure a sustainable peace for accelerated development.
Work on the temporary palace, which is about 80 metres away from the destroyed palace, began in September 2003.