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Information filtering into the offices of ghananewsonline.com.gh indicates that trouble is fast brewing at the hitherto peaceful township Sefwi Wiawso in the Western Region, following the forceful seizure of lands belonging to the Asona Gyeduasa Royal stool by the disputed Omanhene of the Sefwi Wiawso Traditional Area, Katakyire Kwasi Bumangama II.
Subsequently, Nana Yeboah Akansa III, occupant of the Asona Gyeduasa Royal stool and Abontendomhene of the Sefwi Wiawso township, has called for an immediate halt to what he termed the unlawful and vindictive action of the Omanhene before it degenerates into something else.
This came to light through a strong-worded petition by the Divisional Chief, copies of which have been sent to the Western Regional Minister, Dr. Kwaku Afriyie, the President of the Western Regional House of Chiefs, Ogyeahoho Yaw Gyebi II, the Secretary, Western Regional House of Chiefs and Katakyie Bumengama himself.
According to Nana Akansa he is not the only victim of Katakyire Bumangamas land seizing acts but there are other victims, who are so disgruntled and always gathered on their lands waiting impatiently and ready to strike at the slightest provocation.
A situation, which he intimated had not only brought tension to the area, but also made the Omanhene very unpopular. “It is my candid observation that people are becoming intolerant of the Omanhene’s forcible action in taking over people’s legitimate properties as in the case under review. This is making the Omanhene very unpopular and obviously incurring the displeasure of the people. The adage is that, when the righteous are in authority, the people rejoice and otherwise, they groan” that petition noted.
Expatiating, Nana Akansan indicated that it is a perfect public knowledge to every indigenous citizen of the Sefwi Wiawso municipality that the land in dispute is the bonafide property of the Asona Gyeduase Royal Stool.
He pointed out that the said land is that stretch from the grounds occupied by erstwhile Glikson West African Company Ltd, a viable Timber firm in those days to the fenced wall of the Suhuma Timber Company Ltd.
On this land also stood a big cocoa shed, which the stool used to hire out to prospective cocoa companies such as Cadbury and fry company ltd, Caspro, where the Omanhene was once an employee, Akuafo Adanfo and many more.
Sadly enough, the Omanhene in his unbridled quest to seize the land forcefully, had impulsively pulled down the said shed.
He indicated that past paramount chiefs like Nana Okogyeabour II (1953-1996) and Nana Nkuah Okomdan II (1998-2011) all of blessed memory were very much aware of the fact that the said land is the bonafide property of Asona Gyeduase stool, and subsequently never attempted to temper with it.
Nana Akansah therefore could not comprehend why the current Omanhene should use foul and forceful means to usurp the land. As such, he will and his elders will do everything possible and lawful to resist this usurpation attempt by the Omanhene “we find this intimidating attempt by the Omanhene as uncalled for, vindictive and should condemned in no uncertain terms. At the moment, the elders of stools are very disappointed and peeved by the Omanhene’s maltreatment against them” the petition stated.
Further information gathered indicate that the Omanhene, claims to have distooled Nana Akansa for resisting his attempt to seize his land. He is therefore reported to have gone to “Liberty FM” the local FM station at Wiawso to make announcements to the effect.
Over my Dead Body! There’ll A show Down!!
On hearing this allegation, Nana Akansa has indicated what he and his elders will never kotow to this and that they will do all things possible to call his bluff. This they will do through press conferences and the wearing and flagging of red bands throughout the Wiawso town. This is because traditionally, they are the rightful owners of the town and that if the Omanhene is doing this, them they will force him out of the town. Meanwhile Nana Akansa maintains that he has intact his stools.
Contention against Omanhene
It has been further gathered that the Omanhene’s entoolment has been contested by the Queenmother there and another faction, the chico Morgan faction with the case pending at the Regional House of Cheifs and the High court in Sekondi. As such he has been asked to refrain from holding himself as chief until the outcome of the case.
However, Nana Bumangama has flaunted this and ruling as chief. It is further alleged that he is not yet gizzetted as chief, as a result of the contention of his enstoolment in court.
It has been gathered further that petitions have been written to the President, Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo and Ministers of chieftaincy Affairs on the matter, but Nana Bumangama has remained adamant in the face of all these.
Source: S. O. Ankamah