Ahead of 2017 Homowo: Chieftaincy conflict Looms

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A chieftaincy conflict is looming in the La Traditional Area and might escalate wider ahead of this year’s Homowo festival celebrations in the Greater Accra Region. This is due to the refusal of the La Traditional Council to accept the representation of the Divisional Chief from Abese.

La Paramount Chief, Nii Tettey Kpobi Tsuru and members of the Council have been accused of refusing to admit Nii Okropong Kwade I, the Divisional Chief of Abese Adonten Divisional Council for the past two years after his installation.

The Republic Newspaper was hinted that the youth and elders of Abese Quarters are secretly arming themselves to invade the Traditional Council to demand for the immediate admission of their Chief to his legitimate seat or shed blood to make the La Traditional Area chiefless.

Addressing a youth meeting on Sunday in the presence of the Elders to explain reasons for the refusal, the Dzaasetsɛ (King maker) of the Abese Division, Nii Anyetei Anokware Nsro I, called on the La Traditional Council to as a matter of urgency heed to their call before any trouble erupt in the traditional area.

It was indicated that Abese has exhausted all possible means to have the La Traditional Council admit Nii Okropong Kwade I. This paper is in possession of some documents in the form of written letters to the Council demanding Nii Okropong Kwade I, to be given his legitimate seat at the Council.

Angry Youth of abese with some elders amongst them listening attentively to Nii Dzaasetsɛ
Angry Youth of abese with some elders amongst them listening attentively to Nii Dzaasetsɛ

According to Nii Dzaasetsɛ, Nii Kpobi Tsuru, La Mantsɛ and President of the La Traditional Council has taken them for a ride for far too long and is high time Abese take their legitimate seat at the Traditional Council by whatever means possible.

In an interview with this paper, he said the La Traditional Council has seven Divisional Councils and each Divisional Council must have a representation on the Traditional Council to work hand in hand with the Paramount Chief and to participate in all meetings.

Nii Anyetei Anokware Nro I, disclosed that other office holders helping in the running of the Council’s activities are the Mankralo, Shikitele, Akwashong Tse, and the Dzaase Tse; meanwhile, the La Traditional Council has denied all Divisional Councils of representation at the Palace with exception of two Divisional Councils – Abafum and Agbawe.

For Abese, all avenues to dialogue with the Traditional Council over the impasse proved futile and that is why they are threatening to use any legitimate means at their disposal to get their Chief admitted at the Council.

“We have followed all the procedures according to the chieftaincy Act, Act 2008, Act 759 of the Republic of Ghana, because to install a chief certain office holders who would install a chief must be in place,” he explained.

According to him, per the Chieftaincy Act, if one is not qualified, he cannot install a chief. That is why there is a need for a Dzaasetsɛ, as the stool father, before a chief can be installed. The Rashid Boi-Nai was installed as Dzaasetsɛ after a week of litigation, with the stool name, Nii Anyetei Anokware Nsro I, at Abese.

Although, his installation was no longer opposed, Nii La Mantse and his Council members openly opposed the chief, Nii Kwade Okropong I, he has installed as Abese Divisional Chief claiming the installation ceremony did not follow the native customs and usages of La and also the Chieftaincy Act 2008, Act 759.

Nii Anyetei Anokware Nsro I, Abese Nii Dzaase contradicted them, by explaining that they have exhausted all legitimate processes right from the regional level down to the La Traditional Council before installing Nii Kwade Okropong I.

The Abese Traditional Council also accused the La Mantse and the members of the Traditional Council of deliberately fomenting troubles because they (Nii La and others) fear they would be exposed of their dubious land dealings if they allow Nii Kwade Okropong I, at the Council.

Hence, they are rather creating the troubles in their quest to divert the attention of the people of La and the general public of their unacceptable attitudes in the area.

Nii Dzaasetsɛ urged the La Traditional Council to do the right thing for peace and tranquility to prevail in La or blame themselves of any ‘fire’ in La.

He also hinted this paper that all that went on was a matter of law, but it appears the La Mantsɛ and others are using their emotions in their processes, and this according to him can seriously affect the development of La Traditional Area.

Today, he opined that the youth are prepared to be up in arms if the necessary steps are not taken to admit their Divisional Chief to the Traditional Council any time soon to avert any calamity.

Source: Delali A. Awuyeh || The Republic



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