Organised Youth for Advocacy (OYA), a group in Ga Mashie of the Greater Accra Region, has expressed grave concerns over rampant shooting and killing of innocent persons in Ga Mashie due to the unending land and chieftaincy disputes in the Ga State.
The group, which has a membership of over sixty three (63), was not the least pleased with the recent violent clash that ensued between the two feuding factions within Gbese at Ga Mashie which resulted in the death of one person and injured several others.
The bloody clash, which occurred on Friday, 8th June, this year, according to group, has since created tension and confusion in Ga Mashie which has compelled the group to call on the Ghana Police Service to immediately arrest all those involved in that incident.
“We also call on the police to re-arrest one of the attackers who was arrested but absconded. We do not want to believe that the police intentionally let him off the hook because he had a close relationship with a politician in government.
“…how long shall we continue to share blood because of greed? How long will our youth allow themselves to be used for such criminal activities? Ga Mashie will be peaceful again,” this was stated in a press statement signed and issued by the Secretary of OYA, Nii Okai Adams.
The two-page statement, which was copied to Today in Accra yesterday, expressed the group’s deepest condolence to the bereaved family and the injured.
The group fumed that clashes of that magnitude were becoming very rampant and showed no sign of abating.
According to the statement, the recent clash between the Korle We Wulomo and the Gbese Mantse was as a result of greed and pettiness.
“One side wishes to be known as wielding the legitimate right over the sale of lands for their personal benefit. The clash had nothing to do with the performance of rites that precede the Homowo festival by Korle We Wulomo,” the statement stressed.
The clash rather was an indication that one feuding party was the stronger of the two factions and was embolden by their association with politicians at the Jubilee House.
In this regard, the youth called on President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo to crack the whip on his appointees who are alleged to be meddling in the Ga chieftaincy and land issues.
“It is shameful that many of these episodes could have been avoided but interestingly, they continue to challenge the belief that people of the same ethnicity, culture are not able to live peacefully in close proximity, accept differences, find common grounds and resolve disagreements,” the statement said.
The statement continued that: “It is regrettable to note that it is the youth that get caught up in such situations and have allowed themselves to be used by some traditional leaders to perpetrate violent and criminal act which hinders the development of Ga Mashie.”
It said, actions such as these continue to leave a dent on the youth in Ga Mashie as being violent and continue to degrade possibilities of investment in the area.
“Our differences as a people should at utmost times be celebrated and mutual respect and understanding should serve as norms within our society and not the other way round,” it contended.
Meanwhile, members of the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) have also condemned in no uncertain terms the violent clash in Ga Mashie and called for calm in the area.
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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