The Krachi Youth Association has denied reports about their involvement in the burning down of a 155-acre mango farm belonging to the MP for the area, Micheal Gyato.
According to the group, reports that they burnt the farm because the MP allegedly influenced the selection of the Oti Regional capital is frivolous, mischievous and misleading.
The youth group in a statement explained that persons behind the lies are only trying to tarnish their hard earned reputation.
The statement signed by the public relations officer of the group, Barnabas Kwame Yeboah also welcomed the Government’s decision to name Dambai as the new capital of the Oti region.
The group also called on all citizens in the area to work towards the rapid development of the area.
The Krachi Youth association also called on the media to desist from reporting what they claimed are malicious stories.
Krachi East MP’s 155-acre mango farm burnt down
A 155-acre farm belonging to the Member of Parliament for Krachi East constituency who doubles as the Deputy Minister for Sanitation, Micheal Gyato was burnt down by some unknown persons.
The incident occurred about two weeks ago.
Reports suggested that the incident was allegedly connected to the naming of Dambai as the capital for the newly created Oti region.
But the legislator does not believe the two events have any connection.
Mr. Gyato’s farm is one of the largest on the Wurawura to Dambai road, employing about 60 youth of the area.
According to firefighters, the mango farm measuring about 115 acres and teak plantation measuring about 40 acres were set ablaze deliberately.
Below is the full press statement
It has come to the attention of the Krachi Youth Association about news going rounds in the media that the MP of Krachi-East, Honorable Michael Gyato’s 200 acre mango and teak farm was burnt because he influenced the siting of the Oti regional capital at Dambai against the wishes of the people of Kete Krachi.
We wish to state categorically that, this allegation is not only frivolous, mischievous and misleading but also treachery perpetrated by a consummate liar. We also wish to place on record that, the people of Krachi are peace loving, matured and well-mannered people who will never indulge in such acts of extreme callousness as being alleged.
Facts It must be known to the public that, there is no reason why any Krachi native will set ablaze Hon.Micheal Gyato’s farms nor harm any of his relations domiciled in Krachi West merely because he influenced the capital of Oti region to be located at Dambai in the Krachi East which still forms part of the Krachi Traditional Area. Hon.Micheal Gyato was born, raised and nurtured in Kete-Krachi. He is our brother and so there is no way someone from Kete-Krachi will destroy his properties. He owns a house, and other properties in Kete-Krachi. All these are intact as we speak. Krachis and Nchumurus are like conjoins. We are the same people and we respect, cherish and value our consanguinity.
Our dialects are intelligible. Again, intermarriages amongst us have deepened our relationship. Also, Dambai, now Krachi East, was carved out of Krachi District in 2004 and we have never begrudged our Nchumuru brothers and sisters for any reason; we have co-existed since time in memorial.
The very farm in question is about 6 km away from Dambai in the Krachi East. While the other one is also in the Krachi Nchumuru district. This means both are far from Kete-Krachi in the Krachi west district.Our checks indicate that the the farm got burnt almost a month before the declaration of Dambai as capital of Oti by the President on 15th February, 2019. In this regard, it will be preposterous and wicked for any serious minded person to link the siting of Dambai as regional capital to the arson. Indiscriminate bush burning around this season may have caused the disaster.
Many other people’s farms were burnt as well around the same time Hon.Micheal Gyato’s farm got burnt. Our checks also indicate that it is not true the entire 200acres of the mangoes and teak trees got burnt. We hereby call on the public to disregard this misleading story which is aimed at tarnishing the image of the good people of Krachi.
We also entreat the Honorable MP to confirm whether or not his farm was burnt by the people of Krachi. Krachis and the Nchumurus will mutually need each other for a myriad of reasons. Krachis will therefore never engage in this bestial act against a brother they raised.
Finally, we welcome Dambai as our new regional capital and call upon all people residing in the Oti region to work together to ensure a rapid development of our respective districts. We therefore call on all media houses to stop circulating this palpable falsehood and spare us the moment to think of how to develop our area.
Long Live Ghana.
Long Live Oti.
SIGNED: MR. BARNABAS KWAME YEBOAH (PRO)
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