Let the guns go silent

BY: Enoch Darfah Frimpong

Policemen have been deployed to the area to maintain law and order. Also, from last Friday the government has imposed a dusk-to-dawn curfew on the area and this will definitely affect the local economy.

We think the protracted conflict also points to a security failure because the security is unable to pick intelligence to nip clashes in the bud.

That is not to say that the security is ineffective; far from that. But the Daily Graphic expects the security agencies to be on the ground every day in the Alavanyo-Nkonya area and other flashpoints to be on the heels of the troublemakers.

We have always appealed to our compatriots to avoid wasting their time on needless conflicts and use their energies, resources and time to fight the common enemies of poverty, disease and squalor.

The irony of our situation is that the people living in endemic poverty do not want to use their time to fight the things that retard their progress but rather take delight in engaging in avoidable conflicts.

 Nkonya and Alavanyo were noted for a thriving business in the manufacture of local guns that benefitted many generations in the area and beyond. But as things stand now, the government cannot do anything to promote the manufacture of guns because that business will not be tolerated in a conflict zone.

Now that a curfew has been imposed on the area, the people will be restricted in their movement to be able to go about their endeavours without let or hindrance.

This protracted conflict will not lend itself to quick fixes or resolution, but if the protagonists are reminded of the dangers of conflict, they will return to the negotiation table to make peace.

The Daily Graphic repeats that the opposite option to peace is objectionable, as it will not help the cause of any of the parties in dispute.

The Daily Graphic calls on the youth of the area to put pressure on their leaders to seek a political solution to the conflict, instead of the periodic renewal of clashes that lead to loss of lives and property.

As we said earlier, seeking peace to this protracted conflict requires tact and diplomacy, which are lacking in our society.

The government should continue to explore the path of dialogue between the parties as the best way to end the conflict.

Conflicts or wars do not serve anybody’s interest. Indeed, nobody wins a war, as there are always casualties on both sides.

Our security agencies have always risen to the occasion, both at home and abroad. We, therefore, call on them to dig deep into their expertise and come up with the strategies to resolve the Nkonya and Alavanyo conflict, as well as clashes at other flashpoints.

Perhaps in the past the perpetrators of these crimes against our people were let off the hook and that inaction has emboldened others to acts of impunity.

The Daily Graphic thinks the time has come for the security agencies to be ruthless in dealing with those who would not give peace a chance, even as we encourage the parties in the dispute to remain at the negotiation table to resolve their differences.