You will be destooled if you sell lands indiscriminately –Okyeman
The Boundary Chief (Mponoahene) of Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area, Barima Twum Tebiradi II has sent a strong warning to fellow chiefs in the area to desist from indiscriminate sale of lands.
According to him, any chief or group of chiefs who would be found selling any parcel of land without the proper approval of the overlord of the area, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin would be destooled.
Barima Twum Tebiradi II made the disclosure in an interview with The Chronicle at his palace on Saturday, when this reporter made a follow up on illegal sand winning at Ahwerease- Obonwedwera, a farming community near Nsawam.
It would be recalled that, this paper carried a story with the headline “Tension at Ahwerease Obonwedwera over illegal sand winning” in its October 12, 2020 edition
It was contained in the story that tension was gradually mounting at Ahwerease Obonwedwera, a farming community near Nsawam, following the invasion of the community by illegal sand winners and its wanton destruction of crops of farmers with impunity.
This, Barima Twum Tebiradi II disclosed that, checks have proven that some of these lands are sold to the illegal individuals by some chiefs without the concern of the overlord of the area, which is a clear disrespect and affront to the latter.
The boundary Chief stated that laws of Okyeman indicated that only Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin has supreme power over the Okyeman stool lands and there is no other chief or leader.
He said there are many custodian chiefs among others who serve under Okyehene, Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, but do not have the legal right to sell the stool land, saying such an act is tantamount to destoolment.
According to him, Okyeman contains about 70% land of the Eastern regions which has been occupied by Akuapem, Larteh, Krobos among others for cocoa, palm tree, coffee and other crops plantation.
Barima Twum Tebiradi II specified that no Okyeman’s land belongs to any custodian chief, let alone for that chief to have the pleasure to sell it outright because a good traditional ruler and leader will galvanise his people to focus on rural development that will transform village life into city life without losing the cultural values.
He continued that, a chief helps shape the future of his land but not to destroy it, adding that most chiefs in Ghana (and elsewhere in Africa) use their thrones to abuse wealth and sell stool lands with impunity and lack of conscience, but not Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin.
He continued that they will write letters to the Regional, Divisional and District Commanders of police to stop the ongoing behaviors of the citizens because it permanently reduces the productive capacity of the land.
He asked individuals, contractors and families to seek permission from the Chiefdoms before they take the law into their hands because the law will brutally deal with anyone who will excavate or sell their land without the chief’s authorisation.
If someone asks for land, either for farming or building factories, they shouldn’t give them but rather inform the Chief or direct the person to the state secretary.