The Corruption Combat International (CCI), a non-governmental organisation, has appealed to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, to intervene in an impasse between members of the Aduana Family at Pakyi No. 2.
The Executive Director of the CCI, Nana Kwadwo Amoah Ampem Okogyeabuor, said a case between Opanin Jonas Akwasi Afrifa Yamoah and Opanin Kwasi Yamoah, Kofi Frimpong and others currently pending before the Queenmother’s court is generating disunity and rancor among the said family members.
He referred to an arbitration by a Kumasi High Court on February 15, 2007, during which the case was settled amicably.
According to the CCI Executive Director, the terms of settlement by the court indicated that “it was unanimously agreed between Opanin Kwasi Afrifah, alias Jonas Kwasi Yemoah, the plaintiff, and Opanin Kwasi Yamoah, Kofi Frimpong, Abena Pokuaah, Abusuapanin Kwasi Poku and Owusu Bonsu, the defendants.
The court determined that the land at Pakyi No. 2 at a place called Appiamu on Pakyi No. 2 stool land was the property of the offspring of Nana Needi and Nana Niana.
As part of the settlement, it was also agreed that the head of the family (Abusuapanin) shall manage the land for the two families, and that no family member had the right to cultivate a portion of the land without consulting the head of the family.
The CCI Executive said an attempt at resettling the same case would be a contempt of the 2007 arbitration by the High Court which was endorsed by the plaintiff and defendants before witnesses, including Opanin Kofi Twumasi, Nana Kwame and Agya Atta Kakra, all of Pakyi No.2.
Nana Kwadwo Amoah Ampem Okogyeabuor has, therefore, called for the withdrawal of the case pending before nananom, noting that Otumfuo’s intervention by revoking prejudgment in the same case that has already been adjudicated by an arbitration of a High Court would foster unity among the Aduana Family members at Pakyi No. 2, and ensure peace in the community.