Nsoatre Chiefs Accuse DCE Of Meddling In Chieftaincy Matters
Some members of the Nsoatre Traditional Council, supporting the Paramount Chief of Nsoatre, Nana Obrempong Boachie Amoah Konomansa, have accused the Sunyani West District Chief Executive, Madam Agnes Kusi of nepotism and creating chaos in the traditional area.
Madam Agnes Kusi has, however, denied the allegation saying she had nothing to do with the chieftaincy issues in the town.
But at a press conference organized in Sunyani by the members of the Traditional Council and the three royal leaders, including the Queen of Nsoatre Traditional area, Nana Asuama Kesse Ababio, the DCE was accused of ill-advising the Brong-Ahafo Regional Minister, Paul Evans Aidoo, to support the rival faction to destool (remove from office) the paramount chief of Nsoatre.
Nana Kwadwo Dwaa, Abuom Adehyepanin of Nsoatre who led the group explained that the purported destoolment of Nana Obrempong Boachie Amoah Konomansa by some three disgruntled sub-chiefs – Akwamuhene, Ankobeahene and Krontihene was uncustomary and frivolous, but because of the influence of the DCE and the Regional Minister, they were given full police protection.
They claim that the DCE, Agnes Kusi, was fighting for the father who belongs to the Twabiri Royal gate, to become the chief of Nsoatre. The Twabiri is the only 'rebel gate' among the four Royal Gates including, Nsesereso, Abuom and Kusiase.
According to Nana Kwadwo Dwaa, the Paramount chief of Nsoatre, Nana Prof. Boachie Amoah Konomansa, cannot be destooled by the three sub-chiefs without the consent of the sub-chiefs or the nine kingmakers.
Again, they claim that the charges preferred against Nana Prof. Boachie Amoah Konomansa must be registered at the Regional House of Chiefs' Judicial Committee, and the Omanhene must be tried and proved guilty before customary rites can be performed to destool him.
Nana Kwadwo Dwaa emphasized that the claim that he (chief) had not been gazetted and that there is no Omanhene at Nsoatre was incorrect. 'Even though Nana Prof. Boachie Amaoh has not been gazette, he can perform all customary rites except representing 'Nananom' at the Regional House of chiefs. He is the chief, the rightful occupant of the Nsoatre Hinneh Anfranfo Palace,' he said.
The Abuom Adehyepanin revealed that the three sub-chiefs who purportedly carried out the destoolment rites of the Omanhene had no customary locus, because the Akwamuhene, Nana Asi Kwasi, has already been destooled on Friday January 24, 2014, the Ankobeahene, Nana Baffour Gyamfi Awuah had his stool overturned on Friday, February 7, 2014 and the Krontihene, Nana Effah Kokodurofour also had his 'stool overturned' on Friday, February 7, 2014.
Dignitaries at the press conference included Nana Appiah II, Nifahene, Nana Amankwah Appiah, Sanaahene, Nana Kwame Baah, Nkosuohene, Nana Agyemang Donsa, Akyempimhene, Nana Mensah, Kyidomhene, Nana Kofi Amaoh, adontenhene, Nana Kwame Korang, Twafohene, Nana Agyen Ababio, Benkumhene and Nana Korang Asimpi, Gyaasehene.
The three Royal Gate Leaders who were also at the conference were, Nana Kwadwo Dwaa, Abuom, Nana Kwasi Agyei, Kusiase and Nana Bediako Ababio, Nsesereso.
The Queen of Nsoatre, Nana Asuama Kesse Ababio vehemently denied knowledge about the destoolment of the Omanhene, saying the sub-chiefs who purportedly did that were confused and trying to foment chaos.
She affirmed her support for Nana Prof. Obrempong Boachie Amoah and called on the people of Nsoatre to remain calm and resolute in ensuring peace and development.