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11.04.2007 General News

Heed President’s Advice • Ga Dzaase Appeals To Traditional Council

The Ga Dzaase has appealed to the Ga Traditional Council and all Gas to heed the President's advice to settle all misunderstanding before the intended coronation of the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah lll, on Saturday, April 14, 2007 to forestall chaos.

“The President, in his wisdom, advised that the council should sort out any differences before the intended coronation. We doff our hats to the President for showing such maturity and wisdom . . . . We expect the Ga Traditional Council to step back and listen to the President,” Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II, the Ga Dzaasetse, stated when he led a delegation to the offices of the Daily Graphic to comment on the President's admonition.

The delegation included Nii Okai Mensah IV, Head of Amugi We, Dr E. A. Tackie, representative of the Teiko Tsuru We, Nii Ayitey Osu, Head of Abola Piam We, and David Nii Tackie-Komme, acting Head of the Tackie-Komme We.

It wondered why, even after the President had advised the council to resolve all differences, spokespersons of the council were on radio affirming that the coronation would come off on the scheduled date.

“This is an affront to the President, the Ga people and the Ga Dzaase,” Nii Oto-Ga II stated.

He contended that the President's admonition implied that he rejected the impunity and lawlessness which were being perpetrated by the Ga Traditional Council which had the potential of creating chaos and havoc.

Nii Oto-Ga also questioned the rationale for the coronation, arguing that in Ga custom, there was nothing like coronation. Rather, after the installation of the Ga Mantse, there was an outdooring ceremony at Amugi We, he explained.

He advised the council to go about issues in a legitimate way and avoid resorting to heavy police protection to illegally install a Ga Mantse.

Nii Oto-Ga said instead of pursuing such illegitimacy, the council should use the proper channel, which was the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, to address the issue.

Story by Daniel Nkrumah