Hon. Mahama Ayariga, the Member of Parliament for Bawku Central Constituency in the Upper East Region, has called on the feuding factions in the Bawku conflict to put an end to the innocent killings of Bissas. Speaking at the 2023 Zekula festival organized by the Bissa Development Association, Ayariga urged the factions to exclude the Bissa community from the conflict.
The Bissa community is a significant tribe in the Kusaug Traditional Area, with a large population and a crucial role in the development of the Bawku Municipality. Ayariga emphasized the importance of not dragging the Bissas into the conflict and called on all parties to work together for peace and development to return to the area.
Ayariga appealed to the general public to assist the government and concerned individuals in resolving the Bawku conflict. He emphasized that the feuding factions should not involve the Bissas in an already bad situation.
The Zekula festival, which means “unity” in the Bissa language, was celebrated on the theme of “Promoting Peaceful Co-existence with neighbouring ethnic groups through culture.” The festival is an annual event that brings together Bissas from within and outside the Pusiga District, as well as those in the diaspora, to foster development in their communities.
For the most part, Ayariga’s message at the Zekula festival emphasizes the importance of protecting innocent lives and ensuring that the Bissas are not targeted in the conflict. The MP’s appeal for the factions to work together towards peace and development highlights the urgent need for a resolution to the Bawku conflict.
The Zekula festival serves as a reminder of the importance of cultural events in promoting peaceful coexistence among different ethnic groups. It is a call for unity, and it is essential that all parties involved in the conflict take heed of Ayariga’s message to work towards a peaceful resolution.