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11.03.2008 Politics

‘Family tree’ to resolve Mim chieftaincy dispute

By The Times
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The Asanteman Council will meet on April 10 to determine the fate of the two rival paramount chiefs of Mim in the Brong-Ahafo Region.

Mim, has two paramount chiefs; Nana Osei Asibey, who attends Asanteman Council meetings but does not attend the Brong-Ahafo Regional House of Chiefs (BARHC) meetings, and Nana Yaw Adjei, who does not at¬tend Asanteman Council meetings, but attends BARHC meetings.

Last Monday, the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, invited both chiefs to the Asanteman Council in an effort to settle the nearly 30-year old chieftaincy dispute.

Both chiefs brought along with them their queen mothers and elders to testify as to how they came to be enstooled.

The Asantehene told them that the only way the controversy could be amicably resolved was for each of them to submit his family tree as evidence, stressing that "whoever fails to bring convincing proof of a family tree will be banished from the stool."

The two rival chiefs agreed to the request of the Asantehene as a result of which he fixed April 10 for the settlement of the case.

The Asantehene added: "It is not a matter of who owes allegiance to Asanteman, but that peace should prevail."

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