Mother of late Queen dragged to Council for invoking curses
Nana Yaa Anima Apraku, the mother of the late Queen-mother of Sunyani, Nana Yaa Nyamaa II, has been dragged before the Judicial Committee of the Sunyani Traditional Council to answer charges on curses she allegedly invoked on Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, the Paramount Chief of Sunyani and some members of the traditional council.
Nana Apraku, the eldest royal of the Boahenkokor family, kingmakers of the Sunyani traditional area, allegedly invoked the curses on the chief and the Gyaase family, following the enstoolment of a new Queen-mother of Sunyani.
According to the Boahenkokor royal family, the paramount chief unilaterally picked and installed his favourite as the successor to the late Queen-mother.
So on August 11, this year, Nana Apraku, clad in red head gear and red hand band, reportedly walked to the Sunyani New Palace and invoked curses on the Omanhene, key members of the Gyaase family with the curses with two bottles of schnapps.
Recently, Nana Nkrawiri II announced and enstooled Nana Akosua Dua Asor Brayie II, as the new Queen-mother to succeed Nana Nyamaa II, who died on August 1, 2019.
Following the enstoolment, tensions have been mounting in the Sunyani traditional area, as some members of the Boahenkokor royal family, headed by Nana Apraku, are challenging the legitimacy of the new Queen-mother.
When the Judicial Committee of the traditional council sat, the Krontihene of Sunyani, Oboaman Bofotia Boamponsem II, referred to the ban on any form of curse and reminded the gathering that it is an offence for anybody within the Sunyani Traditional Area to invoke a curse.
Responding through a linguist, Nana Apraku admitted that, though she was at the palace on the said date, her action was not a curse.
She insisted that until the paramount chief, who is also her brother, was present, nothing would force her to explain her motives.
The entrenched position of Nana Apraku compelled the judicial committee to adjourn the hearing to Friday, August 20.
The judicial committee meeting attracted heavy armed police presence, as several royals of the Boahenkokor family accompanied Nana Apraku to the palace.
Meanwhile, the Bono Regional Peace Council has cautioned the media to be circumspect in their reportage and avoid inflaming passion that can spark tensions.
The Council expressed reservations about the trend of events, in relation to the enstoolment of a new paramount Queen-mother for the Sunyani Traditional Area, and asked the media to avoid speculations by cross-checking their facts well, before publishing their reports.
A statement signed by Alhaji Suallah Abdallah Quandah, the Executive Secretary of the Council, and made available in Sunyani, said peace is a priceless commodity that should not be toyed with.
Nana Bosoma Asor Nkrawiri II, the Paramount Chief of the Sunyani Traditional Area pronounced and enstooled Nana Akosua Dua Asor Brayie II, as the new paramount Queen-mother of the Area on August 2, 2021 to succeed Nana Yaa Nyamaa II, who died on August 1, 2019.
The statement, however, said “the Bono Regional Peace Council has noted with great concern, the installation of a new Queen mother of the Sunyani Traditional Area, on Monday, August 2, 2021 and matters arising afterwards.
“Prior to the installation and after, there had been disagreement amongst interested parties with regard to who would occupy the vacant stool, out-dooring and installation as a Queen mother for the area”, the statement said.
“The Bono Regional Peace Council has been engaging all parties and stakeholders concerned at different times, before, during and after the installation and we, therefore, commend all parties for their cooperation, how they have exercised restraint and are conducting themselves without employing violence as a means to addressing their grievances”, the statement indicated.
The statement further said: “We are equally appealing to the public and the media to be circumspect about how we share our opinions or report on any issue(s) related to this said dispute. We urge everybody to cross examine and authenticate information before passing comments or reporting on the dispute.
“We at the Bono Regional Peace Council will also be doing our part and any of the parties can call on us at any time possible, for our offices are always open”, the statement added and called for continuous cooperation among the parties involved, as the Council worked hard to help resolve the dispute in the interest of development”, the statement added.
This, the statement noted, would calm down tensions and help the peace building and conflict resolution process, saying anything contrary, would-be stoking violence and, therefore, called for calm amongst feuding parties.
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