The District Security Committee (DISEC), of the Awutu Senya District Assembly in the Central Region, has banned political activities ahead of the celebration of a major festival in the area, the Akomase Festival.
In a statement signed by the District Chief Executive (DCE) of the area, Sampson Abbey Armah, and copied to the Kasoa Divisional Police Commander, the Assembly said the decision was taken in order for security to be focused solely on the festival during the period.
“At a meeting of the District Security Committee (DISEC) of the Assembly, the security at Senya Beraku and its environs was exhaustively discussed especially with reference to the upcoming Akomase Festival.”
“In order to maintain and sustain the existing peaceful atmosphere in the area, you are urgently requested to delink any activity that has political colours from the Planning Committee’s programme.”
“You are to caution all political parties present in the area to desist from undertaking any programme or activity within the period that the Festival will take place.”
“Political parties may organise their programmes after the said period since such functions cannot take place simultaneously with the traditional festivities when security can be seriously undermined. We anticipate your co-operation for peaceful celebrations” the statement added.
Also copied in the statement were the presiding member and all members of the Senya Beraku Assembly. The statement however did not mention a date for the commencement of the ban and when it will be lifted.
Oguaa Council lifts noise-making ban ahead of NDC campaign launch
The decision by the Awutu Senya District Assembly comes at a time when the Oguaa Traditional Council also in the Central Region, lifted a ban on drumming and noise-making ahead of a major festival, to allow the incumbent National Democratic Congress (NDC), to launch its campaign at the Cape Coast Sports Stadium on Sunday.
The decision was largely criticized by residents of Cape Coast, who accused the traditional authorities of allowing themselves to be induced at the expense of upholding an old cultural practice.