Upper Lower Dixcove Sits On Time Bomb

Tension is
brewing between supporters of two alleged rival chiefs in Upper and Lower
Dixcove of the Ahanta West Municipality of the Western Region.

This follows
a fracas which occurred during the launch of this year’s Kundum Festival of the
chiefs and people of Upper Dixcove.

According to
some residents of Upper Dixcove, there was pandemonium at the launch of the
festival on Saturday as some youth suspected to be from Lower Dixcove, wielding
clubs and other implements, clashed with the youth from Upper
Dixcove. 

The chief of
Upper Dixcove, Obrempong Hema Dekyi, claimed that the chief of Lower Dixcove,
Nana Kwesi Agyemang IX, was the brain behind the disturbances that
occurred. 

He has, therefore,
vowed to resist any further attempt by the alleged supporters of Kwesi Agyeman
to create tension in the area. “We used to be one community but the colonial
masters divided us into Upper and Lower Dixcove. Currently Lower Dixcove has 39
communities while Upper Dixcove has only nine communities. But Nana Kwesi
Agyeman wants to take over the nine,” he lamented.

He has then
called on the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to act swiftly to avert
possible clashes in the two towns. 

Addressing
the people at the launch of the festival, Obrempong Hema Dekyi blamed the
security, particularly the police, for not doing enough to ensure adequate
security during the event. 

He indicated
that when he got wind of the alleged plot by some residents in Lower Dixcove to
cause mayhem at the event, he wrote to the police to inform them but could not
fathom why the police did not respond and were not present at the
programme. 

“The
security system in Ahanta has been compromised. We can’t trust the police
anymore; they have taken side in the matter but we remain resolute”, he
added. 

Prior to the
launch of the festival last Saturday, the paramount chief of Upper Dixcove told
the people that the paramount chief of Lower Dixcove had stated that he would
cause people to create disturbances at the launch of the Kundum Festival of the
people of Upper Dixcove. 

“True to his
words, he sent some people to come and create chaos. But I want to tell him
that he is an elderly person and need not to fight to prove he is a man,” he
noted. 

He pointed
out that with the help of the Ghana National Petroleum Corporation (GNPC)
Foundation, a six-unit classroom block would be constructed and that a sod had
been cut for the construction of nurses’ quarters for the Nana Hema Dekyi
Hospital in the area. 

He stated
that the essence of celebrating the Kundum Festival was to engender communal
spirit, promote oneness and settle long standing family disputes.

He urged natives abroad to come home to support the development of the fishing community.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi



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