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General News Sun, 10 Feb 2002

Four persons under bond for disobeying church orders

Bolgatanga (Upper East) -- A Bolgatanga circuit court bonded four persons to be of good behaviour for 15 months for defying orders by a Catholic Parish Council not to use the church's facility for a record dance.

Maclean Ayamga, a revenue collector, Joe Zankanga Anaba, a teacher, Fredrick Asampana, a watchman and a sub-chief, Astisuure Thomas, a farmer, all of Gowrie, a farming community in the Bongo District of the Upper East Region pleaded guilty for disturbing public peace.

The complainant, the Reverend David Ayariga, Parish Priest for the Bongo Catholic Church, told the court that the Parish Council had placed a ban on organising record dance at all Catholic Social Centres in the area because of the repercussions it had on the church.

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Rev. Ayariga said when the accused persons approached him for permission to organise a record dance at the centre at Bongo he refused, reminding them of the Council's decision but they carried out their intention.

Passing sentence, the Circuit Court judge, Mr Albert Kouro advised persons in the area to embark on more important programmes such as seminars on HIV/AIDS, water bone diseases or on agriculture at the catholic centres in particular and if the accused had done so the church would not have dragged them to court.

Source: GNA
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