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04.05.2004 General News

Offuman names a new Omanhene

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Offuman (B/A), May 4, GNA - A protracted chieftaincy dispute at Offuman in the Techiman Municipality has been amicably settled with the selection of Nana Asiedu Dwamena, a 43-year-old educationist of the Abaase gate as the Omanhene of the traditional area.

The settlement followed a week of fasting and prayers by the community "for God's intervention" in the dispute that has claimed lives and property and also greatly retarded the development and progress of the area.

Mr Daniel Ofosu Boamah, Assembly Member and chairman of Offuman Area Council, said the time had come for Offuman to play its proper role in the municipality and urged the people to forget about their differences and forge ahead in unity.

He thanked all those who contributed to the successful solution of the problem and expressed the hope that past mistakes would not be repeated.

Pastor Atta John Mankralo of the Apostolic church and several other pastors led the gathering in prayers for continued peace, tolerance and understanding among the people.

It was a solemn scene as the people shed tears of joy and rival factions led by their chiefs, embraced each other. Nana Akosua Amobea, the queenmother, thanked God for the peaceful resolution of the dispute and advised the people to co-operate as one people.

Nana Asa Akompanin, Krobohene and Kyidomhene of Techiman traditional area, on behalf of other traditional rulers in the municipality expressed the hope that chiefs and people in other disputed areas in the municipality would emulate the people of Offuman and resolve to end all chieftaincy conflicts.

Mr Isaac Osei-Antwi, Municipal Chief Executive, warned that anybody found to be fanning trouble or any misconduct would be handed over to the police.