The Ga Traditional Council has placed a ban on all trading and commercial activities within the Ga State on Saturday, January 27, 2007 to enable it to give the late Ga Mantse, Nii Amugi II, a fitting burial.
It has also placed a ban on funerals and the transportation of dead bodies within the Ga State with effect from January 22 — 28, 2007, while mortuaries are not to release dead bodies during this period, nor will funerals be allowed to take place during the period.
The Ga Mantse ruled for 39 years and passed away two years ago. The announcement of the ban was contained in a release signed by the Chairman of the Public Relations Committee of the council, Mr J.E. Allotey-Pappoe, and issued in Accra yesterday.
“The Accra Metropolitan Assembly (AMA) and the Ga East and Ga West District assemblies are co-operating with the council in the enforcement of these activities,” the release stated.
The release said the Ga Royal Stool (The Dzaase) had smoked the peace pipe and united solidly behind the council on the preparations for the royal funeral of the late Ga Mantse.
It referred to a special meeting the council had with the Ga Dzaase where an appeal was made for the Dzaase to bury all differences and participate in the funeral.
“To signal its show of unity, Nii Yarlai Yartey, the acting Head of the Amugi We Royal Family, and Nii Ayaa Kwei, the Head of the Tetteh Kwei section of the Amugi We Royal Family, which are the disputing parties in the installation of the Ga Dzaasetse, shook hands and embraced before members of the council, the Dzaase and the Amugi We Royal Family,” the release added.
Consequently, it said the Dzaase had assured the council of its full participation in the royal funeral.
“By the understanding reached between the Dzaase and the council, the consideration of the case of who should be the Ga Dzaasetse is suspended until after the funeral, in line with the council's decision last Saturday to suspend with immediate effect the meetings of its judicial committees,” it said.
The release stated that none of the rival Dzaasetsemei was to hold himself as such during and after the funeral until the case had been decided by the council.
It said the acting President of the council, Nii Adotey Obour II, expressed appreciation of the council and the Ga State to the Dzaase for its show of unity and support and extended its special appreciation to the Minister of State responsible for Chieftaincy and Culture, Mr S.K. Boafo, and the Chief Executive of the AMA, Mr Stanley Adjiri-Blankson, for their interventions at separate meetings with the Dzaase in facilitating the resolution of the problem within the Dzaase.