Nkoranza residents and government clash over new Bono East regional capital

Nkoranza residents and government clash over new Bono East regional capital

Hundreds of aggrieved residents in the Nkoranza municipality of the newly-created region of Bono East on Monday, February 11, 2019, hit the streets to register their displeasure with government of the siting of the new region's capital.

The protest of the people is over what they have described as a sidelining of the Nkoranza township as the capital of the new region.

There has been an uneasy calm over the siting of the capital town of the newly-created Bono East region. Residents of Nkoranza believe government has been trying to overlook their town.

So at the protest, demonstrators clad in red armbands and head gears, reportedly held placards with inscriptions such as "Dan Botwe, you are bias", “This is elimination by rough tactics” and “Nkoranza Traditional Area had the highest votes in the referendum”.

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According to the demonstrators, the Ministry of Regional Re-organisation and Development and the Brong-Ahafo regional coordinating council failed to invite the Nkoranza Traditional Area to several meetings organised in connection with the siting of the capital.

They believed the purported sidelining of Nkoranza was orchestrated by politicians well-connected with the creation of Bono East region.

On the part of government, the Minister of Regional Reorganization and Development, Dan Botwe, has described as “shameful and baseless,” allegations and agitations by the chiefs and people of the Nkoranza Traditional Area over the tussle for the capital of the newly-created Bono East Region.

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3news.com reports that the minister indicated that the president is the one who decides on the towns to be selected as capitals for the six new regions, not other Ghanaian citizens.

The Bono East region is one of six created through a referendum in late December of 2018 as part of what government say is a re-organisation for development.

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