By: Ewoenam Kpodo | Voltaonlinegh |
The Awoamefia of Anlo State, Torgbui Sri III has received a letter from government appointing him the sole-mediator in the protracted chieftaincy conflict in Bimbila in the Nanumba District of the Northern Region.
By this appointment, Torgbui Sri III is expected to single-handedly find means (albeit legal) to settle the dispute and reach an agreement with the factions involved to accept the outcome of decisions.
The Bimbila chieftaincy conflict has been between the families of two rival chiefs, Naa Andani and Naa Salifu which has claimed about 20 lives since 2014.
The historic appointment given to the Awoamefia was a demonstration of government’s trust in the retired Commissioner of Police and who served as the Northern Regional Police Commander for years.
Northern Regional Minister, Salifu Saeed on behalf of the Northern Regional Coordinating Council and the Nanumba Traditional Area, congratulated Torgbui Sri on his appointment and expressed optimism that he would bring his huge experience in peace, security and tradition to bear in resolving the conflict in the area.
Mr. Saeed believed that the Awoamefia would be able to mediate in the conflict because the people of Volta and Northern regions “are brothers and sisters.”
Minister for National Security, Albert Kan-Dapaah who was impressed with the credentials of Torgbui Sri especially in the area of peace brokering and conflict resolution said it was clear why President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo appointed him the sole mediator against the norm of putting a committee in place.
Mr. Dapaah noted that the agelong Bimbila chieftaincy conflict had adversely affected development of the area and so, the President had directed him, (Mr. Dapaah), the Northern Regional Minister and the Minister for Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs to provide the needed support for Torgbui Sri to deliver on his appointment.
Volta Regional Minister, Dr Archibald Yao Letsa said the President had kept faith with the Anlo State by creating the Anloga District, and appointing the Awoamefia as the sole-mediator in the Bimbila conflict and expressed gratitude for the honour done the region.
Dr Letsa assured of his readiness to give the necessary support to Torgbui Sri to enable him succeed in bringing a lasting peace to Bimbila.
Torgbui Sri in a speech said the Anlo State had accepted the appointment and expressed appreciation to the President for the honour.
He said the appointment did not surprise him as he had had education in Conflict Resolution and Peace-Building and had practised same.
He concluded by requesting God’s wisdom and guidance in the discharge of his duty to bring peace to Bimbila.
Also present at the meeting of the Anlo Traditional Council for the presentation of the letter to the Awoamefia included Minister for Chieftaincy, Kofi Dzamesi, Minister of Information, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, municipal and district chief executives for Anloga, Keta, Ketu South, South Tongu and Akatsi North.