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Aworasa Chief threatens mayhem at Asamankese

The Chief of Aworasa, a farming community in the Lower West Akim Municipality of the Eastern Region, Barima Pobi Asomaning II, has vowed to cause mayhem on Tuesday July 7, 2020, if the Asamankese Chief, Osabarima Adu Darko III, is not stopped from performing any rites leading to the celebration of the annual Ohum Festival.

Asamankese chief Osabarima Adu Darko III

According to the Aworasa Chief, it beats his imagination that Osabarima Adu Darko III still carries himself around as the Chief of Asamankese with impunity and gross disrespect for the rule of law.

Speaking to The Chronicle in an interview on Monday, the Chief disclosed that several cases had been won at the courts against the Chief, who is known in private life as Kwasi Obeng.

He is, therefore”, calling on the government and the Ministry of Chieftaincy Affairs to intervene in the Asamankese chieftaincy dispute to let peace prevail, else he would also take the law into his hands and fight for the rights of the Abrade Family. “Asamankese is likely to experience mayhem as the legitimate royals are prepared to enter the palace on Ohum Festival day to sack the chief,” he stressed.

Barima Pobi II is of the view that as long as Asamankese is not having any recognised chief, it would be in the best interests of Osabarima Adu Darko III to leave the palace to allow peace to prevail in the area.

“I want to bring to the domain of the public and the citizens of Asumankese Traditional Area that we do not have a chief in Asamankese, and anyone or whosoever that purports himself to any public office or function as the legitimate Chief of Asamankese must be disregarded and treated with contempt,” he said.

Buttressing his position, he stated that a Koforidua High Court held on Thursday 16th day of June, 2016, before his Lordship Justice Henry A. Kwofie, a Justice of Appeal sitting as an additional high Court judge, found the Chief guilty of contempt.

The following are the various judgments delivered by the courts.

 

IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR COMMITTAL FOR CONTEMPT AGAINST

1, Obaapanin Akosua Birikoramaa

  1. Barima Kwame Ofori
  2. Baffour Otibu Darko
  3. Obutu Crimping
  4. Kwesi Obeng

The applicants herein Barima Pobi Asomaning and Abusuapanin Kwasi Asare brought the instant application under order 50 of the high Court (civil procedure) Rules 2004 C.I.  47 praying for an order committing the respondents for contempt of court / judicial committee.

Following the demise of Asamankesehene, there appears to have been a dispute between the

applicants on one hand and the respondents on whom to be nominated and installed as the chief of Asamankese.

ORDER

In sentencing the 1st and 2nd Respondents, I have taken into consideration their old ages, particularly the queen-mother (the 1st respondent) who from her looks seems to be over eighty (80) years. ‘

I have decided therefore not to impose custodial sentence even though I deprecate their conduct.

Accordingly, I sentence each of the two (2) respondents, namely the 1st and 2nd respondents, fine Three thousand Ghana cedis (GH¢3,000.00) each or in default one(1) month imprisonment.

I will also award the cost of GH¢2500.00 in favor of the applicants against the 1st and the 2nd respondents. He further mentioned the Judicial Committee of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council held on Monday 14th November 2016 at Ofori Panin Fie, Kyebi.

 

IN THE MATTER OF AN APPLICATION FOR lNTERLOCUTORY  INJUCTION  AGAINST

  1. Obaapanin Akosua Birikoramaa
  2. Barima Kwame Ofori
  3. Baffour Otibu Darko

The plaintiffs filed a motion on notice for interlocutory injunction attached by affidavit in support on 21st May, 2014 restraining the defendants, their agents, representatives and all privies from nominating, enstooling, outdooring or installing any other person as the chief of Asamankese until the final determination of the suit.

ORDER

Both parties should meet again to have fresh nomination of candidates from the Abrade family stool of Asamankese. Cost of GH¢4,000.00 awarded against the defendants.

 

OSEAWUO DIVISION (AKYEM ABUAKWA TRADITIONAL COUNCIL) AGREEMENT LETTER

In the presence of Daasebre Dr. Nyarko Asumadu Appiah, Oseawuohene, on this day 8th February, 2017 at his palace at 11:25am, Barimah Pobi Asomaning II (Chief of Aworasah promised before Daasebre that he will not go to any radio station to make any statement concerning the vacant of Asamankese stool.

Abusuapanin Kwasi Kuma of the Abrade family of Asamankese also admitted that there is no Chief at Asamankese and that the regent is Gyasehene.

Both parties agreed with signatories in the presence of Oseawuohene.

In the superior court of judicator, in the High Court of Justice (Commercial Division) sitting at Koforidua on Wednesday 23rd May, 2018 before her Ladyship, Justice (Mrs.) Cecilia N.S. Davis.

This is an application for judicial review in the nature of certiorari to quash the judgment of the judicial committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Council which the applicants claim was erroneously dated the 14th day of November, 2016.

Per their affidavit in support of the motion field on the 14th of December, 5017, the Applicants stated that the first Applicant is the Gyasehene of Asamankese and at all material times, the Regent of Asamankese, following the demise of the then Chief of Asamankese, Osabarimah Kwaku Amoah III, whilst the third Applicant is the Benkumhene of Asamankese, all of them being kingmakers of the Asamankese Stool.

 

ORDER

Therefore, it is my view that since the Judicial Committee’s decision was pronounced on the 14th day of November, 2016, the judgment was effective and operative from that day, irrespective of when the reasons were given.

On this note, the application is hereby struck out for not complying with order 55 rule 3(1) of the C.I. 47.

Cost of GH¢ 1000 is awarded against each of the Applicants in favor of the interested parties which are Barima Pobi Asomaning II Chief of Aworasah and Abusuapanin Kwasi Asare.  On this among other judgments, Barima Pobi II called on the President of the Republic of Ghana, Interior Minister, National Security, Regional Minister and National Peace Council to intervene.

 

 



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