North Gonja: Chieftaincy clash between Mamprusis and Gonjas renewed

Sources say several houses belonging to Mamprusis were burnt down by Gonjas on Wednesday 31 May

There is tension brewing in Lukula in the North Gonja district of the Savannah Region following renewed chieftaincy clash between Mamprusis and Gonjas.

Sources say several houses belonging to Mamprusis were burnt down by Gonjas on Wednesday 31 May. One source, who spoke on condition of anonymity, says the dispute began after the Wasipewura, paramount chief of Wasipe traditional area, dispatched local Gonja warriors to the community to protect the Gonja chief.

When the Mamprusis heard of this development, they also dispatched their local warriors to Lukula. This triggered the clash between the two tribes leading to the burning of their homes.

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There are three tribes in Lukula: Mamprusi, Tampulima and Gonja. The community is traditionally under the North East regional House of Chiefs but administratively in the Savannah Region.
This seems to the main issue creating the confusion about who owns the land.

Both the North East and the Savannah regional coordinating councils have been having formal and informal engagements to find lasting solutions to this matter. Security has since been deployed to the area to bring the situation under control.

It is alleged that six persons from both Gonja and Mamprusi tribes in Kuwerigu have been shot dead.

The Savannah regional minister, Saeed Muhazu Jibril, says the regional security council is expected to meet today 1 June on the matter.


Reporting by Tahiru Abdul-Washiru in the Savannah Region



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