“The people of the area embraced peace. They respected me as the Paramount Chief of the Sirigu Traditional Area and then my relatives across the other country, Burkina Faso. Thanks go to the people of Kandiga for embracing peace. Without them, we wouldn’t have enjoyed this peace that we are enjoying.”
The Paramount Chief of Sirigu, Naba Roland Atogumdeya Akwara III, heaped praise on the Doba and Kandiga communities for taking a bold step to allow peace to reign. Naba Akwara III said this when he spoke at a recent peacebuilding and conflict management forum organised by A1 Radio.
The Paramount Chief of Sirigu continued to say, “If they were not ready, you as the mediator would not succeed. Unless they are also prepared to succeed.”
It would be recalled that in August this year, the chiefs of Doba and Kandiga both pledged to allow peace to prevail in their communities after years of protracted conflict that has claimed lives and destroyed properties.
The twin communities that intermarry, have been at loggerheads over who is the rightful owner of a piece of land. It was against this backdrop that the Paramount Chief of Sirigu, Naba Roland Atogumdeya Akwara III together with other chiefs, who had started a peace process months ago, invited the two factions – Doba and Kandiga to the Sirigu chief’s palace to deliberate on ending the conflict.
Flanked by their elders, Tindaamas, Assemblymen, and opinion leaders, both sides of the conflict pledged to lay down their arms through a series of engagements with their youth at their various community levels.
Source: A1radioonline.com|101.1MHz|Mark Kwasi Ahumah Smith|Ghana