After three years of chieftaincy dispute at Wenchi in the Brong- Ahafo Region, the Traditional Council on Monday installed a former sports organizer, Mr. Kwadwo Nketia, as the new paramount chief.
The 70-year-old former Ashanti Regional Sports Organizer has the stool name Nana Abrefi Kwadwo VII, who succeeds the late Nana Mmore Bediatuo VI who died on June 16, 2004 at age 104 years.
The installation followed the dismissal by the judicial committee of the Brong-Ahafo regional house of chiefs of a writ filed by an ex-paramount chief Nana Kusi Apea, brother of the late Prime Minister Kofi Abrefa Busia.
Out of the 26 divisional chiefs in the traditional area, 21 were present to swear the oath of allegiance to the new paramount chief and according to the Krontihene of the traditional area, Nana Owusu Kokro II it was unprecedented.
He explained that the occasion was unprecedented not only because it was peaceful without security presence but also 21 divisional chiefs were present to swear the oath of allegiance to the new chief.
He said for a very long time the Wenchi traditional Area, had been characterized with wrangling anytime a paramount chief was to be installed, thus making the successful installation of Nana Abrefa Kwadwo Nketia VII unprecedented.
Calling for peace and unity, the Krontihene said the area lacked development because of the persistent chieftaincy disputes and “this is the time to bury every hatchet to ensure total development”.
In an interview with the new paramount chief he promised to bring reconciliation to the traditional area in the name of development.
He said improvement of education; sports and health delivery were among his priorities and would mobilize funds from both within and out side to ensure that.
On sports he said he had acquired a vast land at Boadan a suburb of Wenchi for development of park to improve sports.
The paramount chief, a product of Accra Academy was trained as a coach at State Sports College, Germany and is currently the vice chairman of the board of directors of Osei Kyeretwie Secondary School, in Kumasi.