Gonja, Mamprusi Land Dispute Escalates

FLASHBACK: Otumfuo Osei Tutu II flanked by Nayiri Naa Bohugu Mahami Abdulai (left) and Yagbonwura Tuntumba Boressa I

There is
tension between Gonjas and Mamprusis over land boundaries located close to
Daboya in the North Gonja District of the Savannah Region.

The Wasipe
Traditional Council in Gonjaland has allegedly sent a word to Mamprusis living
in communities perceived to belong to Gonjas that from the 10-15th July, 2019,
they would enskin Chiefs for the various communities and if the Mamprusis
refuse to accept the Chiefs, “force would be applied.”

The Mamprusis
youth have also indicated that they would resist any attempt by the Gonjas to
enskin any Chief in their communities and that they are ready for them.

The two
tribes have claimed separate ownerships of communities like Lukula, Mempeasem,
Sakpegapala ,Zooyiri and others.

The Soo
Naaba from the Mamprusis side has already enskinned various Chiefs for the
contested communities to which the Gonjas have refused to recognize them.

Mamprusis have alleged that the Wasipewura and his people ‘politically’ carved
the communities into the North Gonja District but that does not guarantee them
to claim ownership of the lands and people.

The Nayiri
who is the overlord of the Mamprusis is reportedly not happy about the three
months ultimatum issued to the Mamprusis living around Daboya and the fact that
his people are being forced to pay homage to the Gonjas.

The Youth
leader of the Mamprusis, Iddrisu Mohammed, at a press conference in Janga said
that they are tired of the numerous threats from the Gonjas and that they were
ready them.

The youth
leader stated that the Gonjas have said they would take the issue to court and
insisted that they were ready to meet them in court to prove to them that the
Mamprusis are the rightful owners of the lands.

He called
on government to come out and demarcate the boundaries of the Savannah and
North East regions to finally solve the issue once and for all.

He also
said in the interest of peace, the government should constitute a committee to determine
the rightful owners of the lands in dispute to set the records straight.

The Wasipe
Traditional Council in their recent press release stated that Wasipe people
have been faced with serious security challenges with the Mamprusi and some
Tampulma settlers on Gonjaland.

Yagbonwura who is the overlord of the Gonjas has not commented
on the issue.

FROM Eric Kombat, Janga

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