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16.04.2007 General News

King Tawiah’s Coronation Is A stolen Verdict

The counsel for the Abola Piam We, Mr Bright Akwettey, has described the coronation of King Tackie Tawiah III as the Ga Mantse as a “stolen verdict”.

He said the presence of a government delegation at the ceremony gave legitimacy to the “stolen verdict”.

Commenting on the coronation of King Tackie Tawiah III as the 20th Ga Mantse, Mr Akwetey said he would continue to pursue justice through the due process.

He said it was most unfortunate that a government which claimed to promote the rule of law went that far to send a delegation to the ceremony when the kingship was being contested.

Mr Akwetey said the presence of the government delegation, including Mr Jake Obetsebi-Lamptey, the Minister of Tourism and Diasporan Relations; Mr S. K. Boafo, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture; Sheikh I. C. Quaye, the Greater Accra Regional Minister, and Mr Stanley Nii Adjiri Blankson, the Accra Metropolitan Chief Executive, undermined the rule of law.

He said just as the New Patriotic Party (NPP) wrote the 'Stolen Verdict' after the 1992 elections and cried out “Awurade Kasa” for God to answer its prayers in 2000, so would he and his people pursue justice through the due process and call on God to heed their cry.

Mr Akwetey advised Gas not to resort to violence to pursue justice, saying that “if anybody resorts to violence and is arrested, we will not be there to defend him or her”.

He denied that the injunction filed by Mr Joseph Yahaya Addy had been dismissed by the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs, explaining that the Judicial Committee dismissed an injunction by the Dsaase, and not that of Mr Addy.

Mr Akwetey said the injunction by Mr Addy was yet to be heard and, therefore, asked the public not to confuse the issues.

Story By Albert K. Salia