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General News of Thursday, 8 June 2017


We are dying of hunger - Denkyira-Boase residents

It appears residents of Denkyira-Boase in the Upper Debkyira West District of the Central Region are suffering for the repercussions of killing a serving soldier in the area claiming he was an armed robber.

Barely a week after the incident,chief of Denkyira, Krontihene Odiamono Twum Barimah II has revealed they were starving following the dastardly act and calling for urgent relief, the Member of Parliament is echoing the suffering of residents.

The chief earlier said “We are starving because the few residents who are around are unable to get foodstuffs to buy and prepare meals. They are also scared of going to the farm to harvest foodstuffs because they feel insecure. We have all run out food stuff and no one is also willing to come to the area to trade”.

In an interview with Kumasi-based Ultimate FM, the Member of Parliament for the Constituency, Nsowah Gyan said the town has been deserted except the aged and children who are left to their own fate.

He indicated that food stuffs which are left to rot in various farms due to lack of courage by the few ones to visit their farms.

Mr Nsowah Gyan indicated that residents who were not directly involved in the lynching are being arrested daily making it difficult for others to visit their farms for food fearing that they will also be arrested.

He stated that those who fled when the incident occurred are willing to return but are scared of being arrested by the police.

Mr Nsowah described as ‘sad’ the inability of traders to sell foodstuffs in the food basket area saying people who pluck their cocoa pods and other harvested crops have been left to rot.

‘It looks as if the people of Denkyiraboase are being paid in their own price, but it’s unfortunate, not all of them were involved in the atrocities, but I can tell you for sure that Denkyiraboase is a ghost town now, nobody is living there, with the exception of the aged and the children. And for that matter, I can tell you that those they are living in fear and they are dying of hunger. In fact those who fled are willing to return but are being arrested arbitrary. So anybody heard to be natives of Denkyiraboase but staying in other towns are arrested, and for that matter the aged and children are left in their own fate,’ he bemoaned.

The MP said he has personally been transporting Basic Education Certificate Examination (BECE) candidates in Denkyiraboase to the exams centers.

He called on government, Central regional MP, NGOs, individuals to come to the aid of the residents to prevent the town from being ‘desolate’ saying not all the residents were involved in the lynching.