The Otumfuo Committee mediating the Bawku crisis is working to bring back Kusasis to the peace process.
According to the Municipal Chief Executive (MCE) of Bawku, Adamu Hamza, the Kusasis pulled out of the peace process but the committee has been working hard to bring them back. Otumfuo Osei Tutu II started the traditional processes using dialogue to help restore lasting peace to Bawku.
Over 200 killed
Speaking on Joy FM on Monday, August 14, 2023, the MCE said since 2021, more than 200 people have been killed in the Bawku disturbances between Mamprusis and Kusasis.
However, he said the number of deaths recorded by the police will be less than the actual number since most of the killings were not reported to the police. Mr Hamza, who was speaking on a recent shooting incident that led to the death of one person and injuries to three others said, “Many have died and their bodies were never given to the police.”
Earlier this year, the Asantehene accepted an invitation by the government to lead the mediation of the protracted conflict between the Mamprusis and Kusasis in Bawku.
During a courtesy call on him by the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Stephen Asamoah-Boateng at the Manhyia Palace on June 14, 2023, Otumfuo expressed the hope that the process he had begun would reap expected results. “We cannot allow the gunshots to continue. I have asked them to lay down their weapons and we will all sit in one room to solve the matter peacefully,” he said.
The Asantehene said he had met the factions separately following invitations he extended to them, and will be meeting them as a group in peace and truth.
“The leaders of the Mamprusis and Kusasis in Bawku have come separately to have discussions. I have also invited some of their intellectuals. “Both factions will be allowed to speak out what is on their minds so we address the issues. The Asantehene indicated that some of them have submitted documents to be studied.
“We will use humility and allow all of them to voice out their concerns. All of them will tell their side of the story for us to listen to,” Otumfuo stated, and expressed confidence that the matter will end peacefully.