Story Isaac Akwetey-Okunor, Aburi
The Aburihene and Adontenghene of Akropong Traditional Area, Nana Otuobour Djan Kwasi II has warned the government to clearly stay away from Akropong chieftaincy matters.
According to the Adontenghene, chieftaincy matters are handled by chiefs and not government machinery, hence government should stay away and allow the chiefs to solve their problems. He sounded the warning a ground durbar held last Saturday to mark this year’s Odwira festival which was attended by people from all walks of life including politicians.
Nana Djan Kwasi II expressed worry over the fact that, no government has ever meddled in the entoolments of chiefs by the overlord of the Ashanti kingdom, His Royal Majesty Otumfuo Nana Osei Tutu II.
To him, it is becoming increasing worrisome for government to meddle in the Akropong chief matters and that it is time government allows chiefs of the area to choose who they think should be their chief.
The angry Aburihene claims there are attempts by some ‘bigwigs’ in government to worsen the chieftaincy disputes in the area and they would not sit down for this thing to happen.
“We’ve seen that a lot of people are poking their noses into the affairs of Okuapeman, and so we will not sit down. Akuapem has very peace loving people. We’have realized that there is a lot of infiltration and so we will also advise ourselves,” he added
The paramount Chief of the area, Oseadeyo Nana Addo Dankwah III, died over two years ago, but his death led to controversy over the eligibility of the candidates vying for the stool.
The controversy prevented the Akropong people from hosting the 2017 Odwira Durbar.
The Akuapem Traditional Council in December 2017, however, set up a seven-member committee to resolve the impasse that has plagued the enstoolment of a new Okuapehene.
The committee made up of chiefs from various towns at Akuapem, was inaugurated during a meeting of the Akuapem Traditional Council at the Okuapehene’s Palace at Akropong in the Easter Region.
To maintain its neutrality, none of the members of the committee comes from the Asona Royal Family, which is the family that selects the Okuapehene from Akropong, the seat of the traditional council. It is chaired by the Aburihene and Adontenhene of Akuapem, Otoubour Djan Kwasi II.