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MP Denies Deploying Military over Choice of Dambai as Oti Capital

By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh.com |

The Member of Parliament (MP) for Krachi East in the newly created Oti Region, Michael Yaw Gyato has debunked media reports of deploying military personnel to protect him from the wrath of residents of Kete-Krachi (Krachi West) following the declaration of Dambai as the capital.

Hon. Gyato said such the publication was baseless and called on all to treat it with the contempt it deserved.

In a press release issued by the only New Patriotic Party (NPP) MP in the then Volta Region, he would ordinarily not have responded to a “baseless publication such as this” but “be it as it may, I wish to entreat readers to disregard it as frivolous” and to inform the citizenry that “Oti Region is more solid than before and all persons are going about their normal duties.”

Online news portal, MyNewsGh.com on Sunday, February 17, reported that Mr. Gyato had incurred the wrath of residents of Kete-Krachi (where he grew up and owned properties) after Dambai (capital of Krachi East) emerged capital of Oti region.

The portal went on to report that the situation forced the MP to employ the services of military men to protect his Kete-Krachi home and other companies there.

However, Mr. Gyato denied knowledge of any such arrangement explaining that he was out of the country on a mission and could not possibly have deployed the uniformed men.

“After the signing and presentation of the Constitutional Instrument for the creation of the Oti Region, I travelled on the instruction of my Hon. Minister to participate in the 5th African Conference and Ministerial Dialogue in South Africa from 17th -22nd February, 2019.”

The Lawmaker said though his checks revealed some form of deployment happened across the entire Oti Region, it excluded Kete-Krachi because “there is a Military camp, which has been there since 1994.”

The release said the explanation for the deployment exercise was to protect lives and properties and to prevent a recurrence of the violence that erupted when Damongo and not Salaga was named capital of the new Savannah Region.

He emphasised that there was no reason for him to make security arrangements.

“To the best of my knowledge I did not incur the wrath of the people to warrant security protection of my property.”

He advised the writer that instead of making wild claims, he should rather “commend both Krachi West (DISEC), chaired by Douglas Osei-Nti and Volta Region (REGSEC), capably chaired by Dr Archibald Letsa for their proactive roles of ensuring peace before and after the declaration.”

Source: www.voltaonlinegh.com

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