Art & Culture/Ent
[ 2012-01-03 ]
Guns, cutlass at Kitase Presby Church
The Prayer Grounds of the IN-Coming Catechist
A group of angry youth of the Presbyterian Church
of Ghana [PCG] at Kitase near Aburi in the Akwapim
South District of the Eastern region on New Year’s
day locked up the church building, saying that
they will not allow the premises to be used for
church service if their demand of maintaining the
resident care-taker of the church, Nana Yaw
Asiama, was not met.
The about 20 angry youth, calling themselves
‘Concerned Youth of the Church’ and wielding a
single-barrel gun , stones, cutlasses and
bottles, blocked the entrance to the chapel when
they saw two pastors from the church’s district
seat at Aburi arrive to introduce Owusu Mensah
Agyekum as the New Catechist of the Kitase
The Police District Commander for the Akwapim
area, DSP Agyenim Boateng, who spoke to DAILY
GUIDE at the crime scene, said the police were
there to restore calm and orderliness so that
people could enjoy the festivities of the day.
He said as a result of the violence, one of his
men got hit by the stones thrown by the youth. He
added that a suspect who was also arrested and
handcuffed escaped into the bush, noting however
that the police were still looking for all the
suspects, who at the time of going to press had
escaped from the town.
A presbyter of the Kitase Presby Church who would
not disclose her name blamed the care-taker of the
church for masterminding the unfortunate
She explained that Owusu Mensah Agyekum was an
honest Presbyterian who had started a prayer
ministry at Kitase two years ago. She added that
he was re-assigned from Pokrom, also in the
Akwapim South District, to Kitase as Catechist
two weeks ago but the message of his transfer was
received with mixed feelings from the interim
care-taker, Nana Yaw Asiama , a retired teacher.
She alleged that the care-taker had consequently
masterminded the riot.
The Apesemakahene of Kitase Nana Toah, who spoke
on behalf of the Kitasehene Nana Kwasi Ankra,
described the development as very unfortunate,
especially for an institution such as the
Presbyterian Church of Ghana.
He warned that the local church would be closed
down if the church executive did not settle the
issue to restore peace.
Some members of the church who also spoke to DAILY
GUIDE said they were disappointed that the
intended church party for all members and fun
games on Monday, January 2, 2012 had been
Source - Daily Guide
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