The ChiefS and people of Jukwa in the Twifo Hemang Lower Denkyira (THLD) District of the Central Region are up-in-arms against government over the creation of new districts.

The Paramount Chief of Denkyira Traditional Area, Odeefuo Boaponsem, broke down in tears after government’s failure to name Jukwa as a new district capital.

Odeefuo Boaponsem noted that President John Atta Mills had not been truthful to the people of Jukwa.

The paramount chief stated this after the announcement of the 42 newly-created districts in the country where Hemang was named as the district capital of Hemang Lower Denkyira (HLD), instead of Jukwa as they expected.

He noted that he did not understand why Jukwa had all the resources but was not given the district capital.

“They have politicised the siting of the district capital and let me tell you this, if it is about NDC, I also contributed to the formation of the party through many pieces of advice. I even gave them an office in 1992 when the country was going to become a democracy,” he said.

Odeefuo Boaponsem therefore called on President Mills to send a fact-finding independent body to the area to do a diligent investigation whether Jukwa did not qualify to be the district capital.

The people in the area who were annoyed over the siting of the district capital at Hemang had no option but to stage a four-hour peaceful demonstration in the area.

Daily Guide gathered from the angry demonstrators that they regretted that their chief was now aging, adding, “Had it not been for his old age, Odeefuo would have shown the government that, he is an action man”.

The demonstrators, dressed in their red and black attires, chanted war songs and paraded through the principal streets where they were later addressed by a representative of Odeefuo, Nana Taaku III.

Addressing the irate demonstrators, Nana Taaku said the people of Jukwa would not allow the assembly to collect revenue from the place if the government did not reverse its decision.

He also warned assembly members drawn from Jukwa to withdraw their services from the assembly, adding that, none of them should attend assembly sittings and measures would be put in place to stop workers from taking revenue at the Kakum National Park.

The chief accused the Central Regional Minister, Comfort Ama Benyiwa Doe, for instigating the siting of the district capital at Hemang.

According to him, Madam Doe, during the confirmation of the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, was given some time to address the gathering where she openly stated that the people of Hemang and Atti-Mokwa were the NDC’s main supporters and so the government would make sure they were given the district capital.

Daily Guide further gathered that traders and drivers were all dressed in red and black while economic activities were still going on.

Daily Guide can state on authority that all the chiefs under the Denkyira Traditional Area attended the demonstration.

Meanwhile, three new districts have been created in the Central Region. They are Awutu, Hemang and Ekumfi districts.

Source: Sarah Owusu – Darlington, Jukwa