Palanquin or Private Jet? Niimei’s VISA to Accra:

Will you ride in a palanquin to NAM-1 or Ataa Ayi's father's funeral?

Ghanaians are waiting with baited breath and watching closely to see how Ghana’s delegation to the UK for the Queen’s funeral will arrive…

Recently the Okyehene attempted to drive in a convoy of horn tooting vehicles to La during the annual ban on Drumming and Noise making but had to abort that unreasonable provocative mission because he was told the consequences of such an act.

Gabby Asare Ochere-Darko subsequently sponsored a front page Article in Nana Akufo-Addo’s Statesman newspaper titled “Niimei’s VISA to Accra” insinuating that nobody needs to respect the culture of the people of Accra.

For those who pride themselves in their Culture, Customs, Traditions and revere their Chiefs to do the opposite in other jurisdictions can only mean disrespect or an open invitation to violent reaction or confrontation.

The funeral of the father of Joseph Siaw Agyepong witnessed yet another incident of grave disrespect which was promptly stopped by the Ga Chiefs and Asafoatsemei present.

The Ga People are generally very HOSPITABLE; but can be HOSTILE if you dare them, the result will be you being HOSPITALISED or even worse…

For someone purporting to be a Chief, sent by his Paramount Chief to go into the jurisdiction of another Paramouncy without prior notification and due courtesy is sacrilege;

For that purported Chief to allow himself to be carried in a palanquin to a funeral ground amid taunting dances claiming to be the Over-Lord or owner of the Land is to be courting his own funeral.

The Zoomlion Funeral at the Forecourt of the State House but for the intervention of the bereaved would have seen the re-enactment of the KATAMANSO WAR.

If you use the Media to systematically erase the Ga Language in Accra;

If you abuse the Education Policy on the use of Local Language as medium of instruction in Accra to eradicate the Ga Language in Accra schools;

If you deliberately post Ga and Dangme language teachers outside the Greater Accra Region to create an artificial shortage in the schools so other languages will be taught in the Greater Accra schools;

THEN STEAL PRIME STATE LANDS TO ENRICH YOURSELF USING THE STATE…

You must note that not all will forget and certainly not all will forgive…

Many were made instant millionaires because they were fraudulently allocated prime Accra Lands.

In fact, Zoomlion was fraudulently allocated prime State Land;

FACT:

Plot number 14 of the Ambassador Hotel Planning Scheme was on Christmas eve of 2007 fraudulently by President John Agyekum Kufuor to Joseph Siaw Agyepong through his Zoomlion company.

We know how paupers became millionaires in Ghana, so let nobody force us to go further.

NOTE:

Manasseh Azure Awini’s Fourth Estate and the World Bank may have more to say about Corruption laden Borla contracts and fake Fumigation contracts used to siphon COVID-19 funds.

We will not be quiet as we are dispossessed of Our Lands, Our Language, Our Culture, Our Customs, Our Heritage and be disrespected too by the very perpetrators.

Strangely, after the recent return of the State Acquired Lands in Ashanti Region by President Akufo-Addo through E.I. 432 which included Lands occupied by the Military and other government institutions;

Some persons including OccupyGhana have insisted that Greater Accra Lands must not be returned because Government still needs Lands whiles others claim that Lands acquired by the State before the 1992 Constitution must not be returned regardless of the fact that the Constitution inherited other previous Constitutions and Laws including Decrees; and also the Government of Ghana inherited the colonial government of the Gold Coast and its covenants.

OccupyGhana should tell Ghanaians whether the Ashanti Lands or the Achimota Forest were acquired after 1993 when the current Constitution came into force and if not, what they are going to do to reverse the return of those lands?

Indeed, if government needs more Lands to develop, is it only in Accra that government wants to have those developments or other regions of Ghana also require developments and therefore government should be Compulsorily acquiring Lands in the others regions.

Ultimately they will say “GO TO COURT, go to court” if you want.

However, recent surveys show that Ghanaians have lost confidence in the Judicial system.

Nobody believes both in the Bench and the Bar.

Lawyers have become Liars.

Judges have become materialistic;

Some judges were caught exchanging Goats and Yams for favourable judges whiles others are fixated on auctioned State Vehicles and fraudulently allocated State Lands and Bungalows at ridiculous prices…

The interpretation of the Constitution by the Supreme Court, which is by default is deemed to be law, is not sacrosanct and therefore there is room for review to avoid a travesty of justice.

One interpretation requiring a Judicial Review is the LA MANTSE Nii Kpobi Tettey Tsuru II vs Attorney General judgement which opened the floodgates for the Land Looting.

The interpretation of Article 20 (5) (6) of the Constitution of Ghana regarding the first right of refusal to the Original Land Owners in the event of return of State Lands was in error.

The Supreme Court interpretation which equated “Public Interest” with “Public Purpose” and therefore a State Land being given to private persons rather than the Original Land Owners; provided the private person uses the Land forcibly taken by the State from the original Land Owners, for a project that the public can have access to (e.g the IEA Hotel) even though the private person (e.g. Jean Adukwei Mensa and family) make money from that and not the Original Land Owners nor the State which forcibly took the land from the Original Land Owners for a particular stated public purpose other than the private purpose it is being currently used for.

Many government projects (e.g. Agenda 111 Hospital projects) are having difficulty securing Lands because nobody trusts the government to take their lands for a stated project knowing that, such Lands will in future be allocated to private persons or to some wasteful venture (e.g Cathedral) in the future.

FACT:

Unexplained Wealth and the hiding of proceeds of Corruption and Money Laundering in Land transactions should spur the Special Prosecutor to investigate the cases of Land Looting brought to his attention, including the Cantonments Civil Aviation Land which is the Crown Jewel of Land Looting.

Nobody must be considered a SACRED COW, that is above the law or entitled to the property of others forcibly taken from them by the State.

Ghana is a Unitary State, a Republic whose people are equal without distinction, one people with a Common Destiny under the Laws and Constitution of Ghana.

May God guide us on the above path even as our dear country goes through the most difficult patch in its history.

Author: Prince-Derek Adjei
[Son of the current La Jaasetse, Head of the Royal Family]

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