Osiem ‘Chief’ found guilty of contempt of court
A Koforidua High Court, under Her Ladyship Justice Doris Dabanka-Bekoe, on March 11, 2021 found Osabarima Agyei Ameraku II, known in private life as Prince Ohene Asare, guilty of contempt of court for holding himself out as the chief of Osiem. He was sentenced to a fine of GH¢20,000 and in default one month imprisonment.
This was after Prince Ohene Asare continued to hold himself as the chief of Osiem, despite the order of the Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional restraining him from doing so pending a petition before the Judicial Committee. He was also directed to vacate the Osiemhene’s palace.
Per the affidavit in support of the application, the 1st applicant, Obaapannin Akosua Atwowaa, Queenmother of Osiem, and the 2nd applicant, Abusuapanin Kwadwo Yeboah of the Akyem Osiem Asona Royal Family.
The 1st applicant indicated that she was the gazetted Queenmother of Osiem and had been on the Osiem Stool for over 10 years.
According to the 1st applicant, the respondent, Prince Ohene Asare aka Osabarima Agyei Ameraku II, without due processes and observance of custom, customary practices and usage of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, was forcibly enstooled as chief of Osiem without complying with the requisite of the 14 days’ notice required by law.
To this end, on September 5, 2017, the applicants issued a writ to initiate chieftaincy proceedings against five persons, including the respondent, as well as an order for interim injunction to restrain the respondent from holding himself out as chief of Osiem among others.
It was contained in the writ that whilst the interim injunction application was pending, it came to the knowledge of the applicant that the respondent was about celebrating his first anniversary of enstoolment.
The applicant informed the Judicial Committee on October 16, 2018 where the respondent appeared before the committee, but denied the allegation.
The writ further disclosed that after the Judicial Committee had heard both parties, it directed that since the issue is before it, it will be contempt to perform such a function until the case is determined.
“During the pendency of the application for interim injunction, the respondent, together with some hoodlums, forcibly broke into the Osiemhene’s palace to take over the palace without due regards to the proceedings of the Judicial Committee of the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area.”