From Naabenyin Joojo Amissah, Cape Coast
The principal witness in the on-going Denkyira Palace case, Nana Ayensuwaa Saara, has told a Cape Coast High Court that Ebusuapanin Nuamah cannot claim ownership of the building in dispute with mere rhetoric.
Giving her evidence in court yesterday, she said the building in dispute was registered in 1912 as a tribunal and also had a prison for the Denkyira state.
She further averred that though the building was put up during the reign of Nana Nkwanta Bisa I, it was never meant to be his private house, but rather a Denkyira property that was built during his time.
She further claimed that all successive Kings have used the same property as their palace and wondered how a private property could have a court and also a prison.
Lawyer Garry Nimako, counsel for the plaintiff put it to her that the mere fact that successive Kings have used the property does not necessarily suggest that ownership has been vested in the Denkyira State.
Nana Ayensuwaa Saara responded that ownership of such a historic property cannot be claimed with empty rhetoric.
Her statement, marked as exhibit 1 and 1A, before the court, suggested and attested that the Denkyira palace has a tribunal and a prison.
Her cross examination lasted for almost three hours. The case has been adjourned to the 4th of July.
It would be recalled that the Denkyira Traditional Council (DTC) and Denkyira Hemaa, Nana Ayensuwa Saara III, planned to build a befitting palace before the final burial of the late King. In view of this, the dilapidated building that once served as the palace of the late King and others before him was pulled down in place of new one.
Nevertheless, this was fiercely resisted by a faction within the Agona family, led by Ebusuapanin Nuama, who sued the Denkyirahemaa at the Cape Coast High Court.
Ebusuapanin Nuamah, who was peeved by the collapse of the 19th Century building, instituted the legal action claiming that the said building was a private property of the late Nana Nkwantabisa I.
He averred that the late King, Nana Nkwantabisa I, lived in the said building with his wife and children during his reign as his private residence.
This was disputed by the Denkyira Queen mother, who stated that the said building was built purposely to serve as the palace of the Denkyira State.
In her statement of defence, Nana Ayensuwa stated categorically that, “the house in dispute has variously been used and occupied by all the successive Kings of Denkyira State”.
She consistently maintained that the property in disagreement was the official palace of the Kings of Denkyira State and served same purpose during the reign of all the five Denkyira Kings who ruled before Odeεfoↄ Boa Amponsam III.
The litigation over the building has affected the plans of the Denkyira Traditional Council to give their late King Odeεfoↄ Boa Amponsam III a befitting burial.
The late King of the Denkyira State has remained at the mortuary since he died about three years ago.
According to reliable family sources, the current impasse in the Royal Agona family is the cause.