Residents of Mampong-Amanfo in the Eastern Region are up in arms against the local branch of the Dr Dag Heward Mills owned Lighthouse Chapel international for blocking the major road that leads to Tutu Akwapim. The blockage is to enable the church put up a Bible School, Anagkazo College.
Huge walls have been erected along in the town and blocking access to over nine key roads leading to Tutu Akwapim. Residents say the operations of the church and the construction of the school has brought them untold hardships as they have been forced to painfully adjust to the situation.
They say they are forced to do a long winding to the main road that leads to Accra when going to Tutu Akwapim instead of the short Mampong route from Mampong-Amanfo to Tutu Akwapim. This according to them has led to the death of some residents because they could not be rushed to hospital early enough due to the long route they had to take.
They have described the move by the church as a great nuisance to residents and individuals who have plots of land in the area.
One of the affected residents, Kojo Yeboah, who has his family land walled around by Mampong-Amanfo light House Chapel told this reporter that land owners cannot have access to their lands anymore because of the project.
“This is a guerilla tactics that has been adopted by the church, to erect huge walls around people’s lands and frustrate the land owners till they have no option forced to sell their lands to them (the church), he stated.
He said an injunction has been placed on the land of the Lighhouse because but the church is flouting the order and going ahead to erect walls and pulling down bridges they built for the residents some time ago when when they complained of not having access roads.
Mr. Kojo Yeboah further revealed that Dr. Dag Heward-Mills is aware of the atrocity being perpetrated by his people but he is not doing anything about it through he has visited the project site on several occasions.
When ghananewsonline.com.gh contacted officials of the church they said they can only grant interviews to us within the cause of the week.
In October last year after the residents protested and granted media interviews as a result of the Mampong-Amanfo Light polluting their source of drinking water, the church rushed to provide drinking water.
But Kojo Yeboah says the community is unable to drink the water because it changes color to brown too often. He appealed to the church to treat the water for safe use.
Source: Kwaku Sakyi-Danso