First Deputy Speaker
March 17, 2022

The First Deputy Speaker, Joseph Osei -Owusu, presiding over proceedings on Thursday, March 17, 2022 has directed the National Security Minister to urgently brief the House on the security situation in Bawku.

This follows a plead by the Member of Parliament for Asawase, Mohammed Muntaka Mubarak who in presenting a matter of public importance said the pictures coming and news going around on the security situation in Bawku is worrying and disturbing.

According to him even their colleagues from the enclave are scared to be heard talking about it because of the delicate nature of what is happening there and some brutality that is being said to be happening in that enclave as at this moment.

“I thought that as a house we should be interested to get the ministers of Interior and National Security even if it is a closed sitting to brief this House to know exactly what are some of the things happening, and what steps is being taken to manage the difficulties.

According to him the conflict is a long standing one, but the current happenings are not very healthy for us. He also alluded to some rumours making the around of some of the security personnel sent there siding with some of the factional groups, and stated that if the rumours turn out to be true then it is disturbing.

Mr. Patrick Boamah, MP for Okaikwei Central speaking in support of the request of the Minority Chief Whip said recent development in the area is not encouraging at all, especially after the meeting between the president and the Bawku Naba.

“We all know the history behind this conflict and I think the call by the Minority Chief Whip is welcoming and requires the minister for the Interior as well as Defence and National Security Minister to brief the House especially having read this morning that three soldiers were even shot. It is very dangerous and it is very important that we invite them to brief the House”, he stated.

Mr. Frank  Annoh Dompreh, the Majority Chief Whip also commended the Interior Minister for how far he has been able to manage the situation, revealing that, but for some good interventions, the situation would have gotten out of hands.

He, however, called for caution in dealing with situation, and suggested a closed -door briefing that would help them put together a strategic plan. “Yes, we commend the president for his assuring words which what a father of our nation should do. He said the situation calls for a sober reflection and find a lasting solution to the conflict.

Dominic Shirimori/