By Kwame Asare Boadu, Techiman
THE peace council set up by the Techiman Traditional Council beffore the December 7, 2008 elections is to spread its activities beyond conflicts resulting from politics.
The Omanhene of Techiman Traditional Area, Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw, told Graphic Nsempa in an interview that there were other areas of potential conflict that needed to be addressed in the municipality.
He said it would be a mistake for anyone to think that peace councils should deal with political matters alone.
The traditional council set up the peace council in the heat of the electioneering campaign to ensure peace before, during and after the elections.
With membership from the traditional council, Police, Fire Service, National Commission For Civic Education, local council of churches and the Muslim community, the peace council was tasked among other things to use dialogue, traditional arbitration systems and cooperation to resolve conflicts and prevent them from happening, as well as monitor the activities of political parties in the area to serve as early warning signals.
The peace council was also to inform the government about potential conflicts that were beyond them.
Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw said the peace council had been able to resolve “many conflicts” since its formation.
He added that with the political activities reduced drastically, it was important for the peace council to focus its attention on other areas that could bring trouble.
He pointed out that nananom would not allow the area to experience any conflict that could derail the development process.
The Omanhene stated that any community without peace could not see any meaningful development that was why the traditional council would do everything possible to unite the people so that together they could complement the efforts of the government to accelerate the pace of development of the area.