John Deamani Mahama, the NDC presidential candidate, has pledged to prioritize resolving the prolonged Bawku conflict if granted another term in office.
He made the remarks while addressing members of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs.
He expressed concern about insecurity in the Upper East Region, particularly Bawku, and the increasing number of armed robberies, which he believes are affecting the region’s economic progress.
He stressed the need for proactive measures aimed at fostering dialogue, promoting understanding, and fostering sustainable peace initiatives
The former president touted that under his tenure, Bawku was peaceful and he will do the same if elected.
“Just recently, I was reading they banned on riding motorcycles again in the evening. Generally, it is a period of insecurity for people living in that area. In the night, buses are fired upon, and people are killed. These are things that we are going to make a priority when we come. We have done it before [and] we will do it again. We will work hard to resolve the Bawku crisis and bring peace back to Bawku and its surrounding areas.”
“At the time we were in office, we had virtually calmed things. Bawku was a striving community, and people were going about their business without the fear of being harmed. Unfortunately, now, you cannot roam freely in Bawku.
Mr. Mahama is in the Upper East Region as part of his “Building Ghana” tour.
President of the Upper East Regional House of Chiefs and Paramount Chief of the Chiana Traditional Area, Pe Ditundini Adiali Ayagitam III, on his part said “Ghanaians need peace to go about their normal duties. The Kuasaug Traditional Council needs peace in Bawku to restore the area back to its former status, and it is important that a lot of work needs to be done while in opposition. The regional capital and its suburbs have recently witnessed target killings. We need peace and a permanent solution to prevent this mess from spreading to the entire region. We know the burden rests on the sincerity and honesty of the politicians on both sides of the divide. We, the Upper East region, are prepared to extend a warm hand of cooperation to whoever is interested in bringing peace in Bawku and the Kusaug Traditional Area as a whole.”