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03.04.2007 General News

Stop parading as Ga Mantse

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A lawyer has cautioned against anyone parading himself as Ga Mantse until the dispute over the choice of candidate has been resolved in the interest of peace in the Ga State.

The lawyer, G.A Boadu pointed out that since the question of nomination of a new Ga Mantse is still before the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, "it is not proper for anybody to parade himself as Ga Mantse".

Mr Boadu who is counsel for the Akwashong Mantse, Nii Kpakpa Blofonyo said his client has challenged the purported nomination and installation of Dr Jo Blankson as Ga Mantse and therefore filed a suit at the Regional House of Chiefs against him and two others.

He said Dr Blankson and the two, Nii Akropong II, head of Teiko Tsuru We and the Nai Wulomo, Nuumo Tete failed to respond to the hearing notice of the Regional House of Chiefs and therefore did not turn up for the hearing last Thursday.

However M.L.K Anumle, Registrar of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs said that around 4pm on Wednesday, March 28, he received a letter from the counsel of Dr Blankson, indicating that he would not be present at the sitting because he had to be at the Koforidua High Court where he was representing another client.

Mr Anumle said since the notice was late, the sitting could not be rescheduled, adding that the date is fixed for April 13.

He said that there are five suits from different factions of the Ga ruling houses at the Regional House of Chiefs against Dr Jo Blankson.

Mr Boadu noted that the chieftaincy act defines a chief as one who has been nominated, elected and installed according to the customs of the area and whose name is on the register of chiefs at the registry of the National House of Chiefs.

In the light of this, he said the Ga Traditional Council has no role in the nomination, election and installation of Ga Mantse.

"Thus some pronouncements made by some members of the Ga Traditional Council regarding the installation of a new Ga Mantse do not help matters."

Like wise he said newspaper publications projecting someone as Ga Mantse or who has political influence over the choice are invalid so far as the law is concerned.

He therefore advised all parties too the dispute to exercise restraint and wait for the suits pending before the Regional House of Chiefs.

Source: The Ghanaian Times