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Otumfuo’s Akunafuohene’s contender opens defence …Over plot of land with two leases at Afrancho 

chronicle May 31, 2019

From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi

The Kumasi High Court, presided over by His Lordship Justice Kwasi Dapaah, has adopted witness statement filed on November 11, 2016, by Madam Ama Kondau, as her evidence in chief, in claiming ownership of Plot No. 1, Block ‘L’ – also known as Plot No 7. Block ‘I’ at Afrancho near Kumasi.

She is contesting the property against the claim of Derrick Addo Bimpeh, who acquired plot No. 7 Block ‘1’ with Title No. 21830 from Barima Otuo Acheampong II, Otumfuo’s Kunafuohene.
The Lands Commission on June 6, 2014, issued a lease dated December 13, 2013 in respect of the said plot No. 7 Block ‘1’ with Title No. 21830 and serial No. 265/2014 to the plaintiff.

But the defendant told the court under cross examination, by Kwabena Opoku Mensah, Counsel for the plaintiff, that Plot 10, Block L belongs to her in spite of the fact that Exhibit 12, being a search she conducted at the Lands Commission dated March 31, 2017, is headed Plot I, Block L.

Madam Konadu also testified that she transferred her interest in her property with a statutory declaration dated June 29, 2016, to one Solomon Koduah, who is developing the land on her behalf.

She, however, told the court that she did not know about the lease agreement dated November 14, 2016 between Solomon Koduah and the Government of Ghana for 99 years.

The defendant disagreed with Counsel that the plaintiff holds a lease dated December 15, 2013 between the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II and the Akunafuohene on one side, as the lessors, and Derrick Addo Bimpeh, the plaintiff on the other side for 99 years.

Madam Konadu also admitted that she is not an Obaapanin of the family, as her counsel claimed earlier and that Plot 10, Block L is not a family property but belonged to Madam Akua Akyim, alias Akua Brempomaa, her mother, which property was transferred to her (defendant) as the eldest daughter.

She said there has not been any head of family after the demise of one Akwasi Gyambiby and that there is no Head of family (Abuasuapanin) currently at Afrancho.

She explained further in answer to a suggestion that one Kwame Boateng is her brother and not the Abusuapanin in disagreement that Kwame Boateng was the head of family when Barima Otuo Acheampong II was installed as Otumfuo’s Akunafuohene in 2006.

The case has been adjourned till July 15, 2019 for further cross examination of the defendant, who is represented by Lawyer Kwame Adofo.

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