Chieftaincy war looms ahead of La Homowo

A looming chieftaincy conflict in the La traditional area waits to escalate any time soon, ahead of or after Homowo festival in the Greater Accra Region over refusal to accept representation of a divisional chief from Abese at the La Traditional Council.
La Paramount Chief, Nii Tettey Kpobi Tsuru II, and the council members were 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 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 render the La traditional area without a chief.

Addressing a youth meeting held last 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 matter of urgency, heed to their call before any trouble erupts 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 has in its possession some written document to the council demanding Nii Okropong Kwade I to be given his legitimate seat at the council.

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

In an interview with this paper, he said the La Traditional Council has seven divisional councils each of which 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 council’s activities are the Mankralo, Shikitele, Akwashong Tse, and the Dzaasetse.

Meanwhile, the La Traditional Council has denied all divisional councils of representation at the palace with the exception of two – Abafum and Agbawe.

For Abese, all avenues to dialogue with the Traditional Council over the impasse had proved futile and therefore they have threatened 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.

He added further that, “according to the Chieftaincy Act, if one is not qualified, he cannot be installed as a chief, hence the need for Dzaasetsɛ, as the stool father, before a chief could be installed, and, he 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 opposing 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, explaining that they have exhausted all legitimate processes right from regional down to the La Traditional Council before installing their chief, 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 deals 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 tranquillity 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 could seriously affect the development of the La traditional area.

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: therepublicnewsonline.comDelali A. Awuyeh


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