From Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Kwahu-Nkwatia
The youth of Nkwatia-Kwahu in the Kwahu Traditional Area (KTA) of the Eastern Region have sent a strong warning to President Nana Addo’s government to find a lasting solution to the numerous chieftaincy disputes in the Kwahu ridge area.
According to the youth, patience of the people in the KTA has been stretched beyond its limit and that it would be imperative for the government and the institutions to bring faith and confidence back to the place, before the situation turns bloody.
Speaking at a press conference at Nkwatia recently, the spokesperson for Kwahu Nkwatia Movement for Truth (KNMT), Mr. Kofi Nkrumah Asante, further called on the Inspector General of Police (IGP), Interior Minister, Eastern regional Minister and the Minister in Charge of Security at the Presidency to bring order in the area.
He alleged that some government officials are now engaging themselves in Kwahu chieftaincy dispute and aiding one faction, with the help of the police. This development, he claimed, is gradually creating tension and a state of insecurity, which if not addressed immediately, would give way to anarchy.
A couple of months ago, there was a near bloody clash between two chieftaincy factions, following the installation of a successor of Nana Atuobi Yiadom IV, the chief of Nkwatia-Kwahu, a farming community in the Kwahu East district.
Majority of the community members are supporting Kofi Boamah Danso, a royal who has immensely contributed towards the socio-economic development of the area. However, a handful of some opinion leaders in the area are also supporting one Yaw Asante, who they insist must be installed as chief.
In an effort to bring peace and unity, the paramount chief of the Kwahu Traditional Area, Daasebre Akuamoah Kwasi Agyepong II intelligently intervened to avoid crisis.
The 34 year old young overlord of the Kwahus, who is known in private life as Eugene Asante Boadi, asked the two factions after a marathon meeting at the Abene palace to withdraw all planned activities to perform the outdooring and parading of any candidate, until all matters surrounding the proper nomination of a candidate was considered.
It appears there is still tension and the people of Nkwatia-Kwahu are just sitting on a time bomb, which could explode if nothing is done about the current unfolding events. Speaking to The Chronicle, the spokesperson registered his displeasure over the conduct of the Omanhene towards finding a lasting solution to the impasse.
According to the spokesperson, they (those against the installation of Yaw Asante) suspect a conspiracy on the part of the Omanhene to frustrate the kingmakers of Nkwatia-Kwahu in determining the rightful person.The Kwahu Nkwatia Movement for Truth has, therefore, called on the government and for that matter the ministry of Culture and Chieftaincy to intervene.
The Eastern Regional Minister, Mr. Eric Kwakye Darfour is among some top personalities in the region who seem not enthused about the Chieftaincy dispute in the region. According to him, it is a headache that out of eleven Paramount Seats “that we have at the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs, only five is being occupied by Paramount Chiefs”, adding that this cannot be acceptable.
The regional minister made this known when the Attorney General and Minister of Justice, Gloria Akuffo, together with her Chief Director and some key staff at the ministry paid a courtesy call on him at his office on Tuesday, February 27, 2018.