Bloody Clash Looms between Konkombas & Ewes

An ethic clash is looming between the Konkombas and Ewes at the Basa-Sedeme Quarters, a fishing community in the Sene East District of the Brong Ahafo Region, Today can report

The development follows a protracted land dispute, which needs proactive actions from the government to avert a violent clash between the two ethnic groups.

Information available to Today indicates that the Konkomba faction in Basa-Sedeme Quarters community are making moves to evict the Ewe fisher-folks on the disputed belonging to the people of Basa Traditional Area.

In order to show their powers, Today gathered that some Konkomba farmers led by one Anyuuba Abraham in the heat of their anger attacked and wounded the Headman of the Ewe area in the Sedeme Quarters community, Mr. Gborgbor Forgah, on Wednesday April 18, 2018.

According to sources, the Konkomba farmers attacked Mr Forgah with guns when he wanted to prevent Anyuuba Abraham from building a store on the land earmarked for the Ewe fisher-folks to build a community development project.

Today learnt that though the attack on Mr Forgah had officially been reported to the Kwame Danso District Police Command, Mr Anyuuba Abraham and his accomplices have not been arrested.

This paper was told that when the police officers from the Kwame Danso District Police Command were sent on Thursday, April 19, 2018 to arrest Anyuuba Abraham, the Division Chief of Basa Traditional Area, Nana Nandom, used his chieftaincy powers to prevent the police from arresting Anyuuba Abraham.

Apart from the attack on Mr Forgah, Today discovered that the Konomba farmers also took the law into their hands an chase some Ewes with guns on their farms on Wednesday, April 25, 2018.

Today was reliably informed that the Konkombas have vowed to continue with more attacks on the Ewe fisher folks should they disallow Anyuuba Abraham from building the store on the said land.

These disturbing development, Today understands, has made the Ewes to live in absolute fear and panic, resulting in some of them fleeing to seek refuge with their relatives in other adjoining communities of the district.

Speaking in an interview with Today on Sunday, April 21, 2018, some opinion leaders amongst the Ewes noted that the landowners of Basa Traditional Area gave them the said land of which Anyuuba Abraham wants to build a store on to them.

According to them, “we even cleared the land of weeds using a bulldozer.”

They lamented that the attacks on the Ewes by the Konkombas in the area without any provocation were on the rise, stating that Mr. Gborgbor Forgah was not the only Ewe that the Konkomba farmers had attacked and wounded in the area.

According to them, sometime ago many, Ewe fishermen including their wives and children were rendered homeless after their homes were destroyed by Konkomba farmers over the same land dispute.

In this regard they appealed to the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Mr David Asante-Apeatu, and the Brong Ahafo Regional Police Commander to immediately come to their aid.

 

Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU

Writer’s email: freeman.koryekpor@todaygh.com

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