THE Vice President, Paa Kwesi Amissah-Arthur’s hint that the government may take over the land under litigation, brings a new angle in the efforts to resolve the prolonged dispute between the people of Alavanyo and Nkonya in the Volta Region.

He said such a move was critical to resolve the dispute.

Reportedly responding to a proposal from the military for access to the land during his interaction with security personnel stationed in the area to maintain peace, Vice President Amissah-Arthur said the land could be given out to the military and police for the establishment of training facilities.

To us, if this would bring an end to the more than a century-old boundary dispute, then nothing stops the entire country from supporting the take-over.

We believe, that is the best way of resolving the conflict that has kept the two communities apart, and putting an end to the senseless killings in the communal violence.

The two communities have been at war over an area demarcated in 1913, by a German colonial cartographer, Henry Grunner.

This area is said to be rich in gold and mercury and fertile for agriculture.

Although the two communities have been close neighbours for nearly 600 years and their relations, according to historians, have been characterised by intermarriages, common participation in funerals, festivals and other social activities, they are however, quick to pick up arms to fight in defence of their claims to the land.

This ethnic conflict has defied post-colonial era authority, and the influence and power of the security agencies to settle the dispute.

Even though the two communities have on countless occasions pledged to commit to peace, this has not been successful and many lives continue to be lost in the clashes.

We believe that this situation has persisted because the state has failed to dismantle the colonial demarcations, despite our slogan of one nation, one people and one destiny.

Furthermore, the Times thinks there are certain individual elites sitting in the comfort of their homes, and fanning the conflict to satisfy their personal or parochial interests.

The inability of the state to stamp its authority and provide an avenue for peaceful co-habitation on equal terms, cannot also be overlooked.

This conflict, has indeed, cost the nation huge sums of money, which otherwise could have been used to facilitate development in the area, and also support the other sectors of the economy.

It is in this regard that the we associate ourself with moves that will ensure a lasting solution to the protracted conflict.

If government’s decision to take over the disputed land and make it a security zone would bring an end to the conflict, that would be a welcome news.

We need total peace at Alavanyo and Nkonya!


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