President: We’ll hunt down Nkwanta DCE’s killers

SONY DSCPRESIDENT John Mahama has said that the government will get to the bottom of the matter concerning the murder of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of Nkwanta South, Peter Kenyensu, which occurred on November 3 last year, in the Volta Region.

Cautioning that the perpetrators of the act would be apprehended and be made to face the law, he called on the police to step up their investigations to bring the perpetrators to book.

President Mahama gave the assurance when a delegation from the Nkwanta traditional area called on him at the Presidency yesterday, to inform him of the funeral arrangements for the late DCE.

The late Kenyensu, who was appointed DCE for Nkwanta South on September 10, 2013, was shot dead at close range while alighting from his vehicle by unknown assailants in the district in November last year.

So far, 10 people have been arrested in connection with the murder and are on police remand, according to the Volta Regional Minister, Madam Helen Ntoso.

President Mahama recalled similar murder incidents in the country involving the chiefs of Seikwa, Bimbilla, and a business man in Kumasi, saying that “This impunity must stop.”

“All of us were shocked with what happened,” he said, adding that “The perpetrators of the murder will not go scot free.”

President Mahama assured the delegation, led by Ms. Ntoso, that the deceased would be given a fitting farewell.

He used the occasion to brief the delegation about the award of contract for work to begin on the Have-Dodi Pepeso portion of the Eastern Corridor road project.

President Mahama gave the assurance that the Eastern corridor road would be completed in the very possible time to open up the areas to commercial activities, and facilitate the carting of agricultural products to the market centres.

Nana Addo Kenewu, spokesman for the delegation, informed the President that the body of the deceased would be conveyed on January, 23 while burial and funeral rites follow the next day.

He said a thanksgiving service had been planned on January, 25.

Nana Kenewu described the late DCE as an ardent member of the NDC, and an accessible person who took pains to explain to the people, the policies of the government.

Also at the Flagstaff House, was a delegation of the chiefs and people of the Peki traditional area, who formally informed the President of the demise of the Paramount Chief of Peki, Togbe Kwadzo Dei XI.

The late Togbe Dei, 78, passed away in 2009, but due to some skirmishes in the traditional area, he has not been laid to rest until the misunderstanding was amicably resolved by the Regional Security Council.

Receiving the delegation, President Mahama described the late Paramount chief as someone who paid his due to the nation, having served in several capacities including in the military.

He assured the delegation that the government would be fully represented at the funeral.

Early on, Mr. Tawiah Akyia, who spoke on behalf of the family, informed the President that during the reign of Togbe Dei, the Peki traditional area went through many challenges but due to his leadership qualities, he was able to hold the traditional area together.

Funeral rites had been slated between February 20 and March 1, he said, adding that on Saturday, February, 28, the burial would take place.

By Samuel Nuamah

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