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05.07.2005 Regional News

Two factions in factional clashes at Tetteh Ogu smoke peace pipe

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Accra, July 5, GNA - Two factions in recent Tetteh Ogu clashes in the Ga West District, resulting in the destruction of properties and deaths have smoked the peace pipe and signed an undertaking to end the conflict in order to promote development in the community. The factions, Nii Kwaku Kumah, Chief of Tetteh Ogu, the first settlers and Togbe Yaw Vorvornu, led by Elias Dormenu have both agreed at the meeting at James Town Mantse Palace on Tuesday to resolve all differences and live as brothers and sisters to promote peace and development in the area.

James Town Mantse, Nii Kojo Ababio V, who chaired the functions, noted that since the two factions at Tetteh Ogu were settlers, it implies that some unscrupulous people were hiding behind them to cause trouble, and warned those doing that to desist from the practice. He said the government would not tolerate chieftaincy disputes because they slow down development and asked the people to report the trouble-makers to the police.

Nii Kojo Ababio appealed to both families not to engage in acts that would disturb the peace in the area.

Nii Kwaku Bibini III, Chief of Oblogo, who organised the reconciliation meeting, reminded the two factions that the unity that had been achieved must provide an opportunity for those who were driven away during the clashes to return to the town without any hindrance. He expressed the hope that communal interaction and the elimination of acrimony, bitterness and squabbles among the people of Tetteh Ogu have ended to pave way for development.

The Chief Executive of the Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA), Nii Adjiri Blankson, who witnessed the ceremony, also reminded the people that litigation had crippled a lot of communities whose people were suffering and urged the chiefs to ensure that the spirit of togetherness exists among them at all times.

He urged the people to preach peace since that was the only way to make any positive impact on the lives of the people instead of wasting their time on unproductive ventures.

Some eminent chiefs among the mediation committee were; Nii Kojo Ababio V, of Ngleshie, Nii Kwaku Bibini III of Oblogo, Nii Kofi Akrashie of Oshie, Numo Tetteh Narteh, Aplaku Wulomo and Nii Ashifla III, stool father of Ngleshie. A sheep was slaughtered to commemorate the efforts to foster unity among the factions.

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