Monday, December 7, 2009

TRADITIONALISTS TO WARD OFF WITCHES CONFERENCE (PAGE 34, MIRROR, DEC 5)

A SUPPOSED national conference of witches and wizards slated for Hyiawu Bisease in the Atwima Nwabiagya District of the Ashanti Region this Christmas has caused a great apprehension amongst the people of the town.
It came as a rumour in the media about a week ago but the chiefs and people of this predominantly farming community have taken it serious and are doing everything spiritually possible to prevent it from taking place in the town.
The traditional authorities and the Local Council of Churches believed they needed to marshal all forces available at their disposal to ward off this spiritual event.
The Gyasehene of the town, Nana Adu Ansere said, “We can’t allow this to happen in our town. It will disgrace our town and we will fight to resist it.”
He said as traditional rulers they had the physical and spiritual duty to protect the town from any form of disgrace.
It is believed that such a spiritual meeting brings about various forms of calamities on the people and this is what nananom and the people are not ready to accept.
The chairman of the local council of churches, Rev. Agyei Boaitey, also said the Christian community were intensifying their activities to cut out the spiritual meeting.
He told The Mirror, “When we heard of the coming meeting of the witches and wizards we got our act together and drew up a programme to crash this devilish conference.”
According to him, daily prayer sessions were underway in the town with the climax fixed for this Friday (December 4).
The prayer sessions are grouped into two — the first from 4am to 5am and the second from 8pm to 9pm.
Friday’s prayer session is expected to be huge with people from other nearby communities joining them.
But it appears a section of the people are already expressing fears that the meeting would surely come off.
This is due to some recent negative developments in the town, which were deemed unusual.
First, three people lost their lives in rapid fashion, while a house was burnt in circumstances that were seen as spiritually actuated.