The security situation in Bawku has gotten so bad that the Member of Parliament (MP) for Bawku Central, Mahama Ayariga, is urging non-residents and people who do not come from the area to avoid the place.
“For now, we have relapsed into a very bad situation. In all honesty, even I am very careful where I go in my own constituency.
I don’t think it is advisable for someone who is not from there to come around. Schools are not able to function, and the market has been relocated as people do not feel safe anymore.
People with shops are unable to open them. This has worsened the economic situation. Everything has come to a standstill.”
The authorities have put in place a raft of measures to help restore calm to the place, but sporadic shootings have continued.
There is a heavy deployment of soldiers and police officers, curfew has been imposed, wearing of smock has been outlawed and riding of motorbikes banned but these measures have not stopped the shootings.
Just last Sunday, a police woman, stationed at Paga, who was visiting with a colleague at the Motor Traffic and Traffic Department (MTTD) was shot in the groin and killed by unidentified assailant.
Mahama Ayariga says the Bawku conflict and its underlying factors can never be resolved by political administration and he gave reasons. The Mamprusis are politically aligned with the New Patriotic Party (NPP) and the Kusasis, the National Democratic Congress (NDC).
“This dispute can be traced to their issues with Rawlings. The Mamprusis saw Rawlings as their problem, as he took away their rulership and gave it to the Kusasis and naturally went against whoever was with him.
The Kusasis generally have aligned with Rawlings and the NDC.
Anytime the NPP is in office, the Mamprusis believe that their concerns need to be addressed because they are on their side.
Anytime the NPP wins elections, there are people who re-instigate the issue, expecting that it will go in their favour.”
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