Residents of Kukurantumi in the Abuakwa North Municipality, on Friday, poured onto the principal streets of the area to register their displeasure over alleged indiscriminate selling of lands.
The demonstrators, made up of the young and old, accused their Chief, Daasebre Boamah Darko, who is also Adontenhene of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, over the alleged indiscriminate selling of lands.
According to the aggrieved residents, the Chief has been engaging in such activity for some time now, with the latest being about 6,000 acres of land alleged to have been sold to Fulani herdsmen to be used for a ranch.
The Convener of the demonstrators, Yaw Darko, accused the Chief of threatening the residents with the police anytime anyone raises concern on the spate at which he (Chief) is selling custodian lands without any consultations.
Yaw Darko added that several complaints and attempts to meet the Chief to discuss the issue have proved futile, as the latter is not prepared to meet anyone on the matter, hence, their action to demonstrate to express their displeasure.
“We will do everything possible to ensure he (Chief) gives us back our custodian lands which have been sold, even if we have to haul him (Chief) before the Okyenhene, Amoatia Ofori Panin II,” he stressed.
The demonstration, which lasted for hours, attracted lots of residents who were holding placards with inscriptions such as, “Give us back our lands”; “We are citizens of Kukurantumi;” “Ashanti’s are not moving,” and many others.
Meanwhile, efforts by this reporter to contact the Chief at the time of filing the story yielded no results, as he is currently out of the community.
The paper further tried talking to some of the sub-chiefs in the area, but they declined to comment, since, to them, it amounts to insubordination to speak without any proper permission by their Chief.