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PHOTOS: 4 victims of Kintampo falls tragedy buried

Four students that lost their lives in the Kintampo Waterfalls tragedy have been laid to rest in the Brong Ahafo region.

Two of the dead were buried in Kintampo, one at Pumpuatifi and the other at Krabonso, near Kintampo.

They were all students of the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School.

The four were part of about twenty (20) students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School and the University of Energy and Natural Resources (UENR) that died at the Kintampo Waterfalls while on excursion.

They perished when trees that had formed canopies around the three-tier waterfalls collapsed on them during a rainstorm.

Vice President, Dr Mahamudu Bawumia and Tourism Minister, Catherine Afeku led a government delegation to the Kintampo and Wenchi township to visit families of the dead and the injured as well.


Kintampo disaster: Group condemns Invisible Forces

Civil society group, Right Alliance-Ghana, has condemned the New Patriotic Party’s Invisible Forces, and accused it of having contributed to last Sunday’s disaster at the Kintampo Waterfalls that killed 19 people. It said the alleged seizure of the facility by the NPP group post the 2016 elections “obviously deprived the tourist site of competent and skilled management.”

The Chief of Kyeremankoma where the tragedy occurred, Nana Effah Guarkuro, had claimed that the local chapter of the Invisible Forces drove away the District Assembly officers managing the facility and took over.

A statement issued by Right Alliance Ghana, and signed by its chairman, Dr. Khadel Mahama, the Sunday incident “may therefore be a situation of inexperienced, unskilled neophytes managing the place that led to the disaster”.

It partly blamed the National Democratic Congress for its failure to ensure the disbandment of the Invisible Forces and other similar vigilante groups despite the efforts made by the Police Administration.

“It should be noted that during the incident in front of the then NPP flagbearer, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo’s residence, one of them actually pointed a gun in the face of the Commander of the anti-terrorism squad and got away with it,” Right Alliance Ghana claimed.

It said the failure of authorities to act in that incident may have “emboldened them and made them more brazen (, hence the violent and unlawful takeover of public property including the Kintampo Waterfall in the wake of the Party’s electoral victory”.

“The Right Alliance-Ghana therefore fervently appeals to President Akufo-Addo to, as a matter of urgency, see to the complete disbandment and disarming of all vigilante groups in the country including the Invisible Forces,” it appealed The group argued that a total disbandment of all vigilante groups in the country will be in the best interest of the nation and should be done without further delay.

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Students had sex at Kintampo Waterfalls; gods are angry – Chief

It has emerged that some persons usually students who visit the Kintampo Waterfalls in the Brong Ahafo Region on excursion, allegedly had sex on the site, an act which is an abomination against the river god.

According to Nana Effa Guakro, Kyeremanko Hene of Kintampo, he has publicly warned on several occasions the repercussions that this detestable act could bring as the gods are angered by the practice and frown upon it.

The Chief’s comments come in the wake of the unfortunate incident where 18 persons died after hilltop trees crashed on them following heavy rains on Sunday at the Kintampo Waterfalls.

The victims were mostly students from the Wenchi Methodist Senior High School who had gone to the venue on excursion and were swimming at the time of the disaster. About 22 others who sustained injuries are receiving treatment at the Kintampo Government Hospital (Helmii Mattress And Beds).

Speaking on Asempa FM’s Ekosii sen show Monday, Nana Effa Guakro, Kyeremanko Hene stated that because the youth are too young to understand things of the spiritual realm, they refuse to pay heed to the warnings given them.

“If we tell them to stop doing certain bad things at the waterfalls site, they don’t listen and decide to do what they want. I’ve caused to be made several announcements on radio speaking against such bad behaviours, if they treat the river with respect, the river (god) will also serve them well.”

He disclosed that the chiefs and elders will consult the gods to investigate what might be the cause of the unfortunate incident that has thrown the entire area into a state of shock and mourning.