Banda Violence: Blame MP & renwed chieftaincy dispute-NPP
The opposition National Democratic Congress (NDC) in the Banda constituency of the Bono Region has blamed the security agencies and the MP for the area Ahmed Ibrahim for the violence that erupted and led to the death of a student during a registration exercise.
There was a scuffle following a confrontation at a registration centre that resulted in the death of the student.
According to eyewitness accounts, the confrontation started after some persons associated with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) parliamentary candidate for the constituency allegedly confronted brother of the MP for the area, Ahmed Ibrahim, over reasons not yet known.
Reacting to the situation, the Deputy Youth Organizer of the NPP for the constituency Shadrach Abrefa Mensah attributed to the clash to renewed chieftiancy conflict between two towns namely Kaprono and Banda Ahenkro which he noted the MP was involved.
He claimed that since 1992, the two towns have been battling with conflicts and are have been supporting the two parties i.e the latter supporting NPP and the other supporting the NDC.
He told host Kwabena Agyapong that one other town Banda Bowiase which is popularly known for galamsey activities is being occupied by non-residents from other regions and towns who are there for galamsey work.
He indicated the residents vowed this year to prevent them from taking part in the registration exercise and wanted them to go to their various home town to register.
This he said fueled the violence which killed the student.
He insisted the violence was not at a registration centre and the student who died was not on his way to register.
The chieftaincy riot he added contributed to the clash between the NDC and NPP and further called for the police and the MP to be blamed.
He is also alleging that the MP had taking sides with residents and chiefs at Banda Ahenkoro,, a situation he noted angered the other side ”because he bussed people to go and register in the other town so they will vote for the NDC in the area.
”I will blame the security agencies and the MP for the attacks. I would also ask the public to disregard the stories going rounds that the NPP is behind the violence,” he added.