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General News of Saturday, 1 June 2019

Source: Myjoyonline.com

Intelligence failure, cause of prolonged Chereponi conflict – Bentil

Vice President of policy think-tank, IMANI Africa, has blamed the state’s security and intelligence agencies for the prolonged conflict in Chereponi.

According to Kofi Bentil, the state apparatus is well equipped to investigate and find lasting solutions to the clashes between Konkomba and Chokosis in the conflict-laden town.

Speaking on news analysis show Newsfile on Joy FM Saturday, Bentil said if the state gives the conflict the needed attention; it would fissile out in no time.

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Homes have been torched in recent clashes in Chereponi

“How much of our National Security resources have we committed to these conflicts,” Bentil quizzed, adding that “we have more National Security operatives in malls in Accra than in the conflict zones.”

Bentil said enough security intelligence should be deployed from the Bureau of National Investigations (BNI) to the region as a means of finding lasting solutions to the conflict which dates back to the pre-independence era.

Addressing the origin of the conflict, Bentil said it could be traced to the collapse of the Ashanti Kingdom, which left behind new nation-states.

“At independence, four different ‘countries’ [different groups with a unique identity] were put together to form Ghana,” he continued.

Bentil said the state has to move in to fill that gap that has been left as a result of the new creations and thus far, the state has failed to do so.

“The state has failed to unite the divisions,” Bentil stated.

He said as a solution, Cabinet should insist on a full brief on how the recent clashes happened and how it could not be prevented.

Speaking on the show, Col. Festus Aboagye (RTD) a conflict analyst, blamed the government for the proliferation of arms in the area.

He said the “individual will provide his own security if the state fails” to do so. He also faulted the state for its failure to arrest the regime of using motorbikes for crime.