Gov’t condemns Salaga South violence
The government has condemned the Salaga South violence, a fallout from the selection of Damongo as capital for the newly created Savannah region.
Regional Reorganisaiton and Development Minister, Dan Botwe expressed shock at the residents’ reaction to the announcement, especially when extensive consultations were made with the chiefs of the area before Damongo was settled on.
“It is therefore surprising that we witnessed yesterday [Tuesday] after such a beautiful programme the act of lawlessness in Salaga.
“We condemn this…we are told that about seven people have been arrested and it’s our firm belief that the law will deal with such people,” he added.
The youth of Salaga South went on a rampage on Tuesday after President Akufo-Addo announced Damongo as capital for the Savannah region.
The incensed youth do not understand why the president bypassed them and selected Damongo when they have remained loyal to the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP).
In their view, they deserve a reward for voting for the party’s parliamentary candidate, Salifu Adam Braimah, as Parliamentarian in the 2016 elections.
Chairman of the party in the area was chased out of his office and the building was set ablaze by the angry youth. They also tore down billboards of the party, especially those of the president.
So far, seven people have been arrested, more are being searched for by the police.
Police say the suspects have been sent to Northern Regional capital, Tamale, to help in investigations and possible prosecution.
Mr Botwe, who is also MP for Okere is not happy with the youth’s response, saying there was no way government will make a decision without their input.
“The chiefs gave us guidance and advice. I want to single out the Yagbonwura [Overlord of Gonja Traditional Area]…at a meeting, he, on his own requested that the members of the Kingdom support Damongo to become the capital.”