DUMASUA, a farming community in the Sunyani West District, was on Monday, thrown into a state of confusion, when some aggrieved women dumped a large quantity of refuse at the entrance of the chief’s residence.
According to the women, their action was to register their displeasure at the lack of a refuse dump in the community.
When the Ghana News Agency (GNA) visited the town, the women, wearing red arm bands, were seen at the chief’s house with their refuse containers.
They told the GNA that the chief, Nana Osei Nketiah, had failed to demarcate an area for use as a refuse dump, although the residents had made persistent appeals to him.
The lack of a refuse dump in the town has contributed to poor sanitation and, subsequently, resulted in an outbreak of communicable diseases, and because of the poor sanitary conditions in the town, children in the area easily contract cholera and other water-borne diseases.
“We have no other option than to dump the waste we have kept in our houses for some days in front of the chief’s house to register our displeasure about the matter,” one woman stated.
She said women in the town had resolved to continue with the action, until the chief and the community leaders found a lasting solution to the problem.
When contacted, Nana Nketiah expressed shock at the action of the women, saying it was against his human rights.
He said he had personally informed and made consistent appeals to the Sunyani West District Assembly on the matter, but to no avail.