Nana Essah Boakuro, a traditional ruler in Kintampo in the Brong Ahafo Region, has accused the New Patriotic Party (NPP)'s Invincible Forces of indirectly contributing to the death of about 18 people at the Kintampo waterfalls on Sunday.
Students from the Wenchi Senior High School and other tourists were swimming in the water when a big tree came crashing on them. Strong winds are said to have uprooted the tree from the ground.
Some of the students were killed instantly while others were trapped in the water, prompting rescuers to use chainsaws to cut through the trees in an effort to reach those trapped.
Commenting on the development on Kumasi-based Abusua FM, Nana Boakuro, said the Kintampo Invincible Forces forcibly took over management of the Kintampo Falls after the NPP won power.
The chief said the Invincible Forces had mismanaged the facility since they took over.
He said in the past when the managers of the falls foresaw danger as a result of weather changes or other factors, they warned tourists for their own safety until the weather was conducive for tourism.
“However, since the NPP boys took over, the waterfalls has been handled anyhow because they lack the expertise and competence,” Nana Boakuro said.
He said since Invincible Forces took charge of the waterfalls, they had not poured libation to the gods or even accounted for the revenue they made from tourists.
The chief said he complained to the police to take action, but he was ignored until the disaster occurred.
”I have severally called in the Brong Ahafo Regional police commander to take action and it seemed the gravity of the situation was downplayed until this disaster happened.
“I am preparing to go to the Police Commander again…this time around, I will make sure the NPP boys are chased away from the place for the rightful managers to take over”, he said.
Meanwhile, the management of the Wenchi SHS have said that they did noy grant permission for the students to visit the falls.
The school said approval was rather given for them to visit the Mole National Park in the Northern Region.