Tension mounts in Tatale over appointment of DCE

Mr.  Ambrose Dery,Minister for the Interior designate

Mr. Ambrose Dery,Minister for the Interior designate

A combine team of police and military personnel have been dispatched to Tatale in the Tatale/Sanguli District of the Northern Region, to ease the growing tension in the area over speculation that the President has penciled Thomas Mbomba, a top member of the ruling party, for the position of District Chief Executive (DCE).

The security personnel have been patrolling Tatale and its surrounding communities to instill law and order, since they arrived at the weekend.

Youth groups, known to be supporters of the New Patriotic Party (NPP), demonstrated and presented a petition to the paramount chief of the Tatale, Obori Yankosur last Friday, expressing their anger over the rumour that the President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo has nominated the defeated NPP parliamentary candidate for the DCE post.

Mr. Mbomba could not make it to the parliament this year, as he was beaten by the National Democratic Congress candidate for the constituency, Thomas Tampi.

There were reported gunshots in the area at the weekend.

Information reaching The Ghanaian Times indicated that some parents have started withdrawing their wards from schools in the Tatale town due to insecurity.

Isaac Nbola said in an interview that many parents in nearby communities have stopped their wards from going to school due to the mounting tension.

Earlier some unidentified group of people had attacked the Tatale/Sanguli NPP Constituency acting chairman, Charles Bitim, when news started spreading over Mr. Mbomba’s nomination.

According to Mr. Bitim, the group threatened to cause mayhem in the area, if the President’s nomination was carried through.

The Public Relations Officer of the Northern Regional Police Command, Assistant Superintendent of Police (ASP), Ebenezer Tetteh told The Ghanaian Times that the police had beefed up security there to weather the storm in the area.

He said that the security would do everything to ensure the situation did not escalate.

Meanwhile, a group calling itself Concerned Basare Youth Association has condemned the behaviour of the groups for causing anxiety in the area.

The leader of the association, Stephen Konde said violence would not solve any problem and that it was important to eschew acts likely to plunge the area into chaos.

He urged the security agencies to implore everything necessary to prevent any disturbances in the district.

“We are appealing strongly to the security commanders in the region to ensure nothing untoward happen in the area,” they stated.


From: Yakubu Abdul_Majeed, Tamale.

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