Bolewura ensures Gonja tribes an equal share in renaming settler communities with indigenous names

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Paramount Chief of Bole Traditional Area in Bole District of Savannah Region, Sarfo Kutuge Feso (I) assured all Gonja tribes in his jurisdiction a winning share in renaming settler communities with Indigenous Gonja names in the Bole and Sawla Tuna Kalba Districts.

In a press statement signed by his secretary, Haruna Shaibu Obey, the paramount chief pointed out that the Vagla, Safalba, Chorba and Nomee which are part of Gonja State, will be the first to benefit from the project.

He added that the project will not break the unity, solidarity and coexistence that exists among the various Gonja tribes that form the political union known as the Gonja State.

The statement followed an open letter dated Wednesday, July 6, 2022 from the Vagla Youth Association (VAYA) questioning the aims and motives of the project to rename settler communities with indigenous Gonja names in the two districts. .

Bolewura ensures Gonja tribes an equal share in renaming settler communities with indigenous names

“Renaming all communities with indigenous Gonja names will be done meticulously with ethnic groups like Vagla, Safalba, Chorba and Nomee being the primary beneficiaries since the names of some indigenous communities or new settlements near indigenous communities were suddenly changed without consult indigenous peoples nor the Bole Traditional Council,” he said.

It seems that the traditional authority was not satisfied with the mode chosen to communicate its difficulties to supremacy.

He accused the youths of disrespecting and undermining the authority of Yiram (of Bolewura) and the Bole Traditional Council with their open letter instead of using the many communication channels available to them (VAYA).

The Paramount Chief, however, said that since the Gonjas with the lineage of Ndewura Jakpa “established kingship and leadership, there are many communities that still bear Vagla names in the traditional Bole area in their original form. and there are other communities whose names have also over time been changed or slightly changed with the intonation of the Gonja language.

The statement also reminded the Association of the constitutional rights of the Bole Traditional Council to rename “settler communities” with names consistent with the tradition of the region.

He warned that “Bolewura and his Council will surely make decisions ‘in accordance with the tradition and custom of all Gonja tribes in the Bole Traditional Area’ and will not tolerate any decision of any group to challenge such decision.”

Still responding to some of the questions raised by VAYA on the exercise of settler communities, the statement states that the significance of settler communities is that the ethnic groups that constitute the settlers are aware of them. He added that “Vagla, Safalba, Chorba and Nomee who have been part of the history of traditional Bole area cannot be called settlers.

The Vagla Youth Association, in its statement to the chief, said that “our understanding of Gonja is that of the indigenous tribes of a particular geographical area”.

The term Gonja has been used to refer to these ethnic groups: the Ngbanya, Vagla, Safalba, Chorba and Nomee in the far western Gonja region which falls into present-day Bole and Sawla Tuna Kalba districts of the Savannah region. Several historical documents support this fact,” the secretary said.

The Secretary further explained that a settler is someone who has migrated “to an area and established a permanent residence there, often to colonize the area.”

Upon his appointment to the Bole Land Secretariat Board, Bolewura questioned why Vagla Youth Association should question its “authority in appointing people to the Land Secretariat Board.” of Bole.

Bole Sarfo Kutuge Feso (I) has not ‘deliberately ignored fair representation of other Gonja tribes in the Land Secretariat because not all ethnic groups in the Bole traditional area can be represented.

The membership of the Customary Lands Secretariat Board is clear and well defined in the New Land Act, 2022, Act 2020, Act 1036, Section 14 to Section 18 and you are advised to inquire with the Land Act in this regard “, he said.

Bolewura also challenged VAYA to provide evidence of any instances where his attire preached a divide-and-rule tactic among the other indigenous Gonja tribes, therefore, “Bolewura Palace operates an open door policy and is always ready to welcome any person or group of people. who are development oriented and care about peace, unity and development of their respective communities in the traditional area,” said Bolewura Sarfo Kutuge Feso (I).

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