Compiled by Alfred Adams ..
Nana Egya Kwamina XI, Overlord of the Apremdo Traditional Area, has rubbished a report that he has been destooled.
A group calling itself, kingmaker of the Apremdo Division in the Effia-Kwesimintsim Municipality, claimed last week (11th July 2018) through a press conference that the respected Chief had been destooled.
Nana, known in private life as William Eghan, said as far as he was concerned, he is fully in charge of Apremdo, and managing affairs as custom and tradition require.
Consequently, he rubbished claims that he has been disrespecting the stool and pursuing a selfish agenda.
According to the traditional ruler, John Nat Panyin (spokesperson), Nana Mozu VIII (Ernestina Fianya), Dominic Yalley (ex-Ebusuapayin), Stephen Ansah, Charllotte Quansah and one Amoabeng have vowed to tamper with the peace being enjoyed in the area through baseless and unfounded claims.
Speaking to the media in an interview, the Chief explained that he was enstooled Overlord of the Apremdo Traditional Area after a protracted chieftaincy dispute, which had left the community paralyzed and without a chief for many years.
He said peace and tranquillity were subsequently restored following his assumption of office as one of the hardworking traditional rulers in Ahanta, who succeeded in dealing with all the land disputes that had engulfed the community.
“Currently, there are selfish people calling themselves as kingmakers, working their way out to destroy custom and tradition in the area.
“But, as the Chief, I have advised those people involved to desist from tampering with the sacred traditional values governing the conduct of activities in the community.”
Nana Egya Kwamina XI said he had warned that those people must desist from engaging themselves in activities that bring the office of the stool he occupies into disrepute.
Addressing the media at a press conference last Friday, the Spokesperson of the group, John Nat Panyin, on behalf of the Ebusuapanyin, Dominic Yalley, had described the chief in unprintable words.
In response to the accusations, however, the Chief said he had decided to petition the Ahanta Traditional Council to address the issues raised by the group.
“As civilised and traditionally cultured as I am, I will not descend into the gutters to disgrace the stool or chieftaincy in Ghana. These are people misconducting themselves publicly.”
He explained that he is careful when dealing with this group of subjects and elders who are neck-deep in allowing the indiscriminate sale of stool lands to overshadow decency, custom and traditional values.
He said he would, nonetheless, respond adequately and in equal measure to the damming claims after the Ahanta Traditional Council takes time to address the issues.
To this end, he appealed to the Municipal Security Council (MUSEC) and Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to take note of the conduct of these people and intervene when appropriate to guarantee peace and harmony in his traditional area.
“In the affairs of Apremdo chieftaincy, only royals and traditional council members can comment on issues in order not to create unnecessary tension in the community,” he warned.
He called on corporate bodies, various institutions and the general public, especially those operating in the area, to disregard the allegations being levelled against him by the characters causing confusion in the community.
“People must stop entertaining these characters in all matters pertaining to the stool of Apremdo,” he counseled.