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26.04.2004 General News

Ga Mashie Chieftaincy Feud Settled

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A 30-year protracted dispute between the two royal families of Ga Mashie, Amugi We and Teiko We, has been resolved at a ceremony held at Modza We, Ga Mashie, at the weekend.

The reconciliation of the two families was initiated by the Nai Wulomo, Nuumo Tetteh to pave the way for the selection and installation of a new Ga Mantse in replacement of Nii Amugi, the substantive chief who had been hospitalized for sometime now. Nii Amugi who was installed as the Ga Mantse in 1965, has been sick for the past eight years. Nii Okai Mensah III and Nii Akropong, heads of Amugi We and Teiko Tsuru We respectively made vows on behalf of their gates to abide by the tenets of the reconciliation.

Nii Tetteh Ashong IV, head of the Ga Stool (Sei Tse) in an address called for the withdrawal of all chieftaincy cases pending before the courts for amicable settlement by the Ga Traditional Council. The courts, he said, had rather prolonged and compounded the cases instead of solving them.

He said without proper settlement, the whole Ga community would be divided and infilterated by other people. “A time will come when there will not be any installation of chiefs become of cases pending at the courts,” he stressed. The Greater Accra Regional Minister, Sheikh I.C. Quaye, reiterated the government's commitment to return certain confiscated lands to the Traditional Council or the affected families.

The issue of failure to pay compensation on acquired lands would also be addressed, he assured. The Minister, however, expressed concern about the trustees to whom such compensation should go when there were conflicts everywhere. He urged the two families to abide by their vows, and desist from revisiting issues likely to re-open old wounds. Nii Adjiri Blankson, Mayor of Accra, said the rehabilitation of the Salaga Market would be completed and handed over to the people before the end of the year.