Simon Osei Mensah: left, Mr Ibrahim Wahab Tikumah: right
Violence that has resulted in bloody clashes at Kumasi Abattoir (Mayanka) has stroke butchers of the slaughter house to ask the Ashanti Regional Minister Mr. Simon Osei Mensah to fast release report on the incident.
Some concerned butchers at the slaughter house who spoke with NewstimesGH.com in an interview yesterday, blamed the minister for acting slow to resolve key issues of chieftaincy at their work place which resulted in violence.
According Mr Ibrahim Wahab Tikumah, leader of the butchers, clearly stated that, the delay of the investigative report on the clash has made it difficult to install the Kumasi ‘Mayanka’Chief butcher.
The unavailability of the Chief Butcher according to him has slowed down business at the slaughter house.
He argued that costs of meat have increased because every butcher sells at a price he wishes.
He revealed that the house is yet to enjoy absolute peace if the issue of who should be the chief butcher remains unresolved.
“There is no law and order here, everyone does what he desires to do because there is no chief butcher to control us”, he stated.
They claim the Regional Minister, who is the Chairman of the Regional Security Council has the report and therefore must release it so as to appoint the Kumasi Mayanka chief butcher.
“I believe the Regional Minister has the report, if he comes out to talk on the issue, it will bring calm and help improve upon our job. It would also help in making and enforcing laws that will protect all of us here to coexist”, Mr. Tikumah leader of the faction told Newstimesgh.com
On October 13, 2019 last year, the Council of Zongo Chiefs installed one Alhaji Muntari Bature as the Chief Butcher after the demise of Alhaji Musah Bawa Tanko.
However, another faction led by Ibrahim Wahab Tikumah who reacted sharply claimed he was also elected by the Butchers Association and thus recognizes himself as the legitimate Chief Butcher.
Butchers at the Kumasi Abattoir have remained divided over the matter until today.
The Ashanti Regional Security Council upon noticing the incident later intervened and asked both factions to hold on until they investigate the matter.
A committee was therefore set up to investigate and come out with a report for them to be able to deal with the issue fairly.
However, after the Commission finished its work, the report was not made available to ascertain the real person to hold the chieftaincy position, which is a key role at the slaughterhouse.
The group are calling on the regional Minister to release the report immediately for them to install some sort of discipline at the abattoir.
Source: Newstimesgh.com/ Joe Marfo