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21.10.2008 Regional News

Essumeja wants C`ttee Report made public


CONCERNED CITIZENS of Essumeja, in the Amansie East district, have expressed grave concern over the delay, of a five-member Judicial Committee of the Kumasi Traditional Council (KTC), in releasing a report in respect of the Essumeja chieftaincy dispute.

The Committee, headed by Nana Yamfohene, was said to have completed findings two months back, but was yet to submit its report.

Other members of the Committee are Nananom Seikwahene, Achirensuahene, Nana Sabronumhene and Kyeame Boakye Yam.

The Committee was charged with determining the eligibility of Nana Adwoa

Pokuaa Nyankonpon, who has reigned as Queenmother of the Essumeja Traditional Area since 1979.

One Adwoa Abora from the lineage of Nana Abena Nyanta and Nana Afua Fremah II, both past queenmothers of Essumeja, is contesting the claim of the queenmother, Nana Pokuaa Nyankonpon, that she is a royal of the Aduana Royal family of Essumeja.

Meanwhile, the people of Essumeja are brooding over the impropriety of the Queenmother - leaving unceremoniously at a time the Black Stool was reported missing.

The Black Stool of the Aduana Royal Family of Essumeja, which plays a significant role in the celebration of the Odwira Festival of Asanteman, has been reported missing since August 29, this year. It was believed to have been stolen by thieves who broke into the stool room at the palace.

The Sanaahene, Nana Owusu Koko, the Ankobeahene, Nana Kwadwo Nyarko and Gyasehene, Nana Twum Barima Appau, are helping the Essumeja police in their investigations, while a stool attendant, Akwasi Adansi Bonah, who first detected the theft, has been quizzed by the local police and granted bail.

The queenmother's nomination to replace Nana Oduro Numapau III, who died in 2003, has been rejected by the kingmakers, causing a stalemate in the en-stoolment of a chief for the town.