Following violent clashes between Ofoase Zongo and Brenase youth in the Ofoase-Ayirebi Constituency last Thursday, Member of Parliament (MP) Kojo Oppong Nkrumah has visited both sides of the impasse to calm tensions down and called for peace.
In an engagement with townsfolk and traditional leaders on both sides, Mr Oppong Nkrumah expressed regret about the happening, which left one person dead and four others with varying degrees of injury.
“First of all, we are one people. Whether you are from Brenase or from Ofoase, we are one people living in harmony.
That is why we shouldn’t allow things like this to divide us. Ofoasi-Ayirebi is noted for being one of the peaceful areas in the [Eastern] Region.
“Over the years, we have experienced significant developments which have made our constituency the envy of many.
So we need to come together as one people and not engage in acts that further divide us,” the MP said.
He called on both factions to exercise restraint and maintain law and order in the area while calling on the police to expedite investigations into the matter.
Residents of the towns have previously lived in unity until recently when reports of attacks on each other emerged.
Though the police have restored law and order, tensions remain high with fears of reprisal attacks being entertained.
Mr Oppong Nkrumah has, therefore, asked the police and the District Security Council (DISEC) to step up patrols and intelligence-led operations to forestall further violence.
Traditional leaders and youth of both towns thanked the MP for his visit and committed to live in peace while asking for justice to be done.