The MP for Ofoase-Ayirebi, Kojo Oppong Nkrumah, has met with the two rival groups in the constituency – Ofoase Zongo and Brenase Youth – following violent clashes last Thursday.
In an engagement with townsfolk and traditional leaders on both sides, Oppong Nkrumah expressed regret about the happening which has left one person dead and four others sustaining varied degrees of injury.
“First of all, we are one people. Whether you are from Brenase or from Ofoase, we are one people living in harmony,” the lawmaker told his constituents. “That is why we shouldn’t allow things like this to divide us. Ofoase-Ayirebi is noted for being one of the peaceful areas in the region.”
“Over the years, we have experienced significant developments which has made our constituency the envy of many. So, we need to come together as one people and not engage in acts that further divide us,” the MP said.
He called on both factions to exercise restraint and maintain law and order in the area while the police investigate the matter.
The meeting comes on the back of clashes between the youth of the two towns. Residents of the towns have previously lived in unity until recently when reports of attacks on each other emerged. Though the police have restored law and order tensions remain high with fears of reprisal attacks being planned.
Nkrumah has therefore asked the police and the district security council to step up patrols and intelligence-led operations to forestall further violence.
Traditional leaders and youth of both towns thanked the MP for his visit and committed to live in peace while asking for justice to be done by the state.