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General News of Saturday, 1 June 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Chereponi would’ve been worse if Nitiwul didn’t step up; Bentil hits critics

Arguments that Defence Minister, Dominic Nitiwul’s intervention in the Chereponi clashes is a recipe for disaster, have been shot down by the Vice President of IMANI Africa.

Kofi Bentil told Samson Lardy Anyenini on Newsfile Saturday that, if Nitiwul did not jet off to the Northern East Region town to broker a ceasefire, between the two feuding factions, the effects could have been worse.

Scores of people have, however, faulted the Minister’s actions because he hails from one of the factions.

Some have even gone ahead to ask him to step aside as Defence Minister since a perception that the Defence Minister could influence the peace process in favour of his peopl,e could cause a breakdown in talks.

Nitiwul has, however, clarified that he is not part of the mediation process but simply went to the north to ask his people to cease fire and seek peace.

Speaking on the issue, Bentil said the Defence Minister simply did his job and deserves commendation.

“It’s good he stepped forward,” the lawyer said, adding that “his [Nitiwul] job transcends his tribe.”

Proffering a solution to the conflict, Bentil noted that the state must give the matter the attention it needs.

He said the National Security should have a permanent presence in the conflict-prone zone instead of withdrawing the officers once there is some level of calm. We need to have a permanent security presence there.