Renewed herdsmen crisis in Ghana
London, Nov. 3, 2017 (AltAfrika)-Renewed conflict between nomadic herdsmen and farmers in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region of Ghana is a source of constant worry to the people in the area.
Recently, more than 100 residents were displaced following reprisal attacks between the nomadic herdsmen and some community members at Dwibease and Wheewhee. According to police figure, eight people lost their lives in the clash. Among the dead are five Fulanis and three local residents.
Reports say the region is a hotpots for the clashes between the herdsmen and the farmers who claim their farms are been destroyed by the activities of the roaming herdsmen.
Meanwhile, the National Democratic Congress says the regional Minister, Mr Eric Kwakye Darfou should shoulder the blame for his inability to put the situation under control.
In a statement, the Eastern Region Secretariat of the National Democratic Congress blamed the situation on Kwakye Darfour’s “lackadaisical attitude towards providing short, medium and long term solutions suggests he is either incompetent, has a commercial interest in cattle rearing in the area, or is a beneficiary of nomadic activities in the area.
”It is regrettable to realize that since March of 2017, a number of schools in the Hweehwee areas of the Kwahu East District in the Eastern Region have been closed down. Teachers teaching in those areas have fled for their lives. Nurses and health workers working in those areas have also stopped working. Major Economic activities like farming and trading have come to a standstill and this has aggravated the already precarious situation of the people in the area
We are calling on Government to show urgency in dealing with the rising lawlessness in the area. Government has the ultimate responsibility to protect citizens and their property.” (Joy Online)