Without the timely intervention of the Chieftaincy and Culture Ministry, and to a large extent government, to arrest unfolding events at Akwamu in the Asuogyaman District of the Eastern Region, the people of the area would demonstrate their extreme displeasure in the coming days.
The Akwamus, on Monday, poured onto some streets, amidst singing and chanting of war songs, to register their displeasure over a verdict of the trial panel of the Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, delivered on Wednesday May 10, 2017.
Addressing a cross-section of media personnel, Abusuapanyin Kojo Kyer Addaquay, without mincing words, said the elders of the Yaa Ansaa’ Royal family are very aggrieved over the verdict of the trial panel, presided over by the Okyenhene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.
The Judicial Committee of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs declared the Paramount Chief of the Akwamu Traditional Area, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, as the duly nominated, elected and installed chief of the area, since the nomination, election and installation were done in accordance with the custom and practices of the people of Akwamu.
In a judgement read by counsel for the House, Nana Gyankomah Djaba Mensah, the committee also said, as far as the history of the people of Akwamu was concerned, the office of the Queenmother was not alien to the people of Akwamu, as the present Queenmother, Nana Afrakomah III, had reigned for 55 years.
But the Yaa Ansaa’ Royal family has vehemently disagreed with the aforementioned verdict, adding that, the real battle for the truth to be established about the Akwamu paramountcy has just begun.
They continued that the Yaa Ansaa’ Royal Family shall use every available legal and legitimate means to fight to the end, and at all cost, since the real truth regarding the history and customary practices and traditions of the Akwamus shall not be distorted by any person or persons.
Abusuapanyin Addaquay admitted that the Black Stool of Akwamu was purified with the blood of Opanin Kofi Akoto, who was the son of Yaa Ansaa in the Sixteenth Century, after the former voluntarily gave himself up for sacrifice.
“It remains a fact that the ascendency of the Black Stool of Akwamu was, and had been, limited to the Yaa Ansaa Royal Family, except when the family thought it good to bring on board a non-family member to ascend the stool,” he mentioned.
According to him, this was done for the purposes of temporarily taking care of same until a legitimate and appropriate royal was found from the Yaa Ansaa’ Royal Family to take over the paramountcy.
Contrary to the holding of the trial panel, the elder of the Yaa Ansaa’ Royal Family continued that, the history and customs of the Akwamu remains that there had been no queenmothers in the traditional area until the reign of the late Odeneho Kwafo Akoto II, who chose to introduce the installation of a queenmother, Nana Afrakoma II, from the Yaa Botwe family of Aboabo in 1964.
He further claimed that the late Paramount Chief of the area was ‘borrowed’ from Aboabo to ascend the Stool, where he took advantage of his long reign to ensure that his family, the Yaa Botwe family of Aboabo, became a mainstream alternative royal family to ascend the Black Stool of Akwamu.
They have, therefore, slaughtered a white sheep and poured libation to invoke the spirits of the gods of the area to kill, and bring disgrace and discomfort to the current Chief, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and his cohorts.
The Chief of Adamasa, Nana Ansaa Kwao IV, has called on citizens of Akwamu both home and abroad to dispel any fears, since the invocation would not do anything to any chief or group of chiefs in the area.
According to him, even though he would not fault the Yaa Ansaa’ family, he greatly sympathises with them, since the stool comes with huge honour and glory, and was of the view that the current Paramount Chief went through all the necessary traditional and customary rites to be enstooled.
He passionately called on the elders of the Yaa Ansaa’ family to let sleeping dogs lie, and rather come together to rebuild Akwamu, a popular town in the history of Ghana, but which has suffered lack of development because of its 25 years of protracted chieftaincy dispute.
Source: Isaac Akwetey-Okunor || The Chronicle