Two paramount chiefs in the Eastern region who have been embroiled in a ‘bitter’ chieftaincy dispute over the years have officially been gazzetted and formally admitted to the regional house of chiefs at an impressive ceremony at the premises of the offices of the Regional House of Chiefs last Friday at Koforidua.
The paramount chief of Akyem Kotoku Traditional area, Oseadeeyo Frimpong Manso IV, and Kono of Manya, Nene Sakite II, got the nod to rule their people after a peaceful resolution of the disputes by a Supreme Court ruling which has been accepted by the National House of Chiefs.
Oseadeeyo Frimpong Manso IV had been battling the Attafuah family for the past 12 years over who had the right to be the Akyem Kotoko paramount chief at Akyem Oda, while Nene Sakite was also battling the Kokum family for the past 13 years over the right to the stool.
Speaking at the function, after the two were officially admitted to the regional house of chiefs, the president of the house, who is also the Omanhene of the New Juaben Traditional Area, Daasebre Prof Emeritus Oti Boateng, advised the new chiefs to help unite their people for accelerated development in their respective traditional areas.
“I would not want to see vengeance in your actions since it would be counter-productive in mobilizing your people and initiate development projects,” he pointed out.
He said the regional house of chiefs would do whatever was required of it in the shortest possible time to help reduce tension in the two areas so that the newly-gazzetted chiefs could work in a peaceful environment.
Oseadeeyo Frimpong Manso, on his part, said the past 12 years had been ‘very difficult’ for him, stressing that many people in the traditional area suffered physically, materially and emotionally.
He said now that the dispute was over, he would wish that people from the other family would put everything behind them and join resources for the common good of the people of Kotoku.
“Using our traditional practices of communal participation, I will encourage communal participation to build our own institutions and create the needed sense of ownership of what we are able to build together,” he noted.
He also stressed on the importance of education and said the traditional council would seriously promote formal education among the youth as well as skill training.
Nene Sakite II, on his part, said he would harness all the human and material resources of the area for the development of his traditional area.
Source Daily Guide