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The Konkomba Youth Association (KOYA) has re-affirmed its commitment to form a joint team with the leadership of Chokosi to move quickly to the communities to stop the killings and deaths between the two ethnic groups.

Violence erupted on December 31, 2018, between the Konkomba and Chokosi ethnic groups at Naduni in the Saboba District in the Northern Region which led to the burning of several houses, livestock and properties in communities in the Chereponi District.

Mr Anthony Tanyam, the Secretary of the Konkomba Council of Elders, at a press briefing in Accra said the communities need the collective leadership of the two groups and called on all actors in the conflict to be professional and eschew the tendency of playing one side against the other.

He said during the June 2018 misunderstanding, two Konkombas were killed, houses and properties were destroyed when the Anufors attacked them in Naduni village, in the Chereponi District.
Mr Tanyam said after the incident, some Anufors were arrested and were later released.

He urged the media to focus on efforts to find lasting conflict resolution and highlight the good neighbourliness that exist between the two tribes.

Mr Tanyam said KOYA has always preached peace and held several meetings with stakeholders in the Chereponi District to fashion a road map for peace.

“The KOYA calls on all Konkombas and Chokosi engaged in the conflict to comply with the security services to give peace a chance”, he added.

The Kokomba-Chokosi clash in the Naduni community started in May 2018 over a piece of land the Kokombas believed was theirs.

The dispute was settled by a traditional authority, with the paramount chief of the area declaring the Chokosis as the rightful owners of the land.

However, the Kokombas rejected the ruling of the traditional authority and that of the paramount chief, resulting in the clashes.

A similar incident occurred in 2017, when two persons were shot dead with several others sustaining gunshot wounds in renewed land conflicts between the two ethnic groups at Naduni.

The clashes began after some alleged Kokombas attacked a Chokosi man who is said to have sent a tractor to plough part of the disputed land.

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