Thursday, June 18, 2015

June 3 disaster was caused by 'dumsor' vigil- Ga Council

The Ga Traditional Council has blamed the June 3 twin fire and flood disasters on the celebrity vigil held in protest of the crippling power crisis in the country.

President of the Council  Nii Dodoo Tackie said the organisers of the vigil flouted the rules of traditions for which reason the country had to pay dearly with human lives.

Over 150 people died when they were trapped by floods and later burnt to death in an explosion at the Goil filling station close to the Kwame Nkrumah Circle.
While the cause of floods have been blamed largely on the choked Odaw river at Circle, the cause of the fire is yet to be ascertained.

Many reasons have been cited for the blast but the impact was devastating.
President John Mahama has constituted a three man committee to investigate the cause of the fire but it appears the Ga Traditional Council already has answers.

At a press conference in Accra, the president of the Council said failure by the celebrities in the country to respect the ban on drumming and noise making is the cause of the disaster.
The celebrities led by Yvonne Nelson, Van Vicker, led thousands of aggrieved Ghanaians onto the streets to protest the power crisis which has affected economic activities in the country.

Prior to the vigil protest there was boundary dispute between the Ga Traditional Council and the La Traditional Council over who controls the Legon stretch of the road where the vigil was scheduled to take place.

The La Traditional Council claimed the Legon stretch fell within the terrotorial boundaries of the La Traditional Council and since that Council had yet to declare a ban on drumming and dancing the protestors could go ahead. The  La Wulomo, Nuumo Yemoh Obroni VIII indeed took part in the vigil.
But the Ga Traditional Council also claimed ownership of the land and threatened to disrupt the vigil.

But the police intervened and gave the protestors the right to hold the vigil which was held on May 16, 2015. Three weeks later the vigil, the June 3, disaster occurred.
Joy News' Latif Iddrisu who was at the Ga Traditional Council press conference reported Nii Dodoo Tackie as saying the vigil caused the disaster.
The president of the council also chronicled a number of disasters in the country which he claimed were recorded as a result of the citizens' failure to respect the ban on drumming and noise making.

He also mentioned the May 9 disaster which claimed the lives of 91 football fans. Nii Tackie said the fans of Hearts of Oak and Asante Kotoko disrespect the gods by flouting the ban on drumming and dancing and had to pay with their lives. 

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