Following a Press Conference by The Konkomba Youth Association (KOYA) to register her displeasure at the communal ethnic clashes in the Chereponi District yesterday 4th January 2019, a lady resident in Chereponi called our Association President Mr. Charles Nyojah requesting for Konkombas and Chokosis leaders to come together and appeal for calm.
The President contacted the Police Commander in Chereponi to inform him about the call from Chereponi resident Lady. The commander has since contacted the lady and also informed his high command. Efforts are currently being made for KOYA President and the lady to meet for a possible joint call to be made on the people to calm down.
The Konkomba Youth Association has noticed with concern the calls from some Konkomba communities that, they have been attacked by persons spotted in camouflage uniforms, whom they assumed to be soldiers, only for such persons to burn down their villages. Also the deployment of Soldiers to the troubled area are currently stationed at Teakasu, Wenchiki, and Chereponi all Chokosi communities.
Yesterday Chokosis burnt down Nanchem, Namour Nangbang, Tambong and part of Tigenga all of which are Konkomba communities in the Chereponi District. We humbly appeal for protection in Konkomba areas as well. The Konkomba Youth Association once again today is calling on all Konkombas and Chokosis engaged in this conflict by way of commentary or physical presence to comply with the security services to give peace a chance. KOYA leadership is willing to form a joint team with the leadership of Chokosis to jointly release press statement or have a press conference to call for calm to stop these unnecessary killings and property destruction.
We believe our people both Konkombas and Chokosis need our collective leadership now than ever and so we call on all actors in the conflict (Youth Group Leaders, The Police, The Military and The Media) to eschew the tendency of playing any side against the other. We kindly plead with the media to help us in this call for peace and humanitarian support for people in the Chereponi District and its environs.
MR CHARLES NYOJAH
NATIONAL KOYA PRESIDENT.
5th January 2019