Right direction Nkonya and Alavanyo attempt another peace deal

The chiefs and people of Alavanyo and Nkonya are billed to hold a peace durbar at Kpando on Sunday December 20, to seal their peace accord.

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The chiefs of Nkonya and Alavanyo are involved in a fresh attempt at peace after over 90 years of bloodshed.

The latest attempt under the auspices of the Volta Regional Co-coordinating Council resulted in the two traditional areas signing flags of peace as part of activities marking the World Peace Day in September this year.

They are billed to hold a peace durbar at Kpando on Sunday December 20, to seal their peace accord.

The Volta Regional Minister, Helen Adjoa Ntoso was upbeat about success this time, downgrading cases of isolated incidents of shootings in the two traditional areas as “criminal acts by individuals,” unrelated to the communal land dispute.

She was optimistic about success in the latest initiative at peace, as she cited instances of solving intractable conflicts as Eastern Regional Minister and so far in some cases as Volta Regional Minister.

The Alavanyo and Nkonya Peace Mediation Committee put together by the VRCC in collaboration with the Ho Diocese of the Catholic Church and the Evangelical Presbyterian Church between 2002 and 2009 was on the brink of achieving lasting peace attracting the attention of the United Nations, but stalled in 2009 giving rise to renewed violence since then

That Committee had established local structures which enabled the two traditional areas to engage each other to iron out their differences and suspicions leading to the restoration of social interactions between them using both traditional and Christian approaches.

That Committee was chaired by the Very Reverend Dr Livingstone Komla Buamah, former Moderator of the E.P. Church, Ghana, and Bishop Emeritus Kofi Anani Lodonu then Bishop of the Ho Diocese, who helped provide funding for the activities of that Committee.

Other members of that Committee were Mrs Hillary Gbedemah, Legal Practitioner, Mrs Felicia Okyere-Darko then Chief State-Attorney, Volta Region, Nana Mprah Besemuna, Krachiwura and Mr Evans Kamfra, then of the VRCC as Secretary.

Source: GNA

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