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14.07.2004 Regional News

Traditional Council places injunction on Lower Inchaban Ebusuapanyin

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Shama (W/R), July 14, GNA - The Judicial Committee of the Shama Traditional Council on Wednesday placed a perpetual injunction on Ebusuapanyin Ntuma of Lower Inchaban from installing a new divisional chief for the area.

The Committee also declared Nana Akosua Mfransie II, Chief of Lower Inchaban as the rightful occupant of the Royal Asankoma family stool at Lower Inchaban.

Reading the ruling of the committee at its sitting at Shama, Nana Amakye II, Gyaasehene of the Shama Traditional Council said, on August 1, 2003, Nana Mfransie, filed a suit against Ebusuapanyin Ntuma for challenging her eligibility to the stool.

Nana Amakye said the committee was satisfied with the evidence and witnesses of Nana Akosua Mfransie II.

The committee said the Chieftaincy Amendment Law of 1995 and the Chieftaincy Act 370 section 48(I) says that, "A Chief is a person who hailing from the appropriate family and lineage has been validated, nominated, elected and enstooled, enskined or installed as a Chief or Queen mother according to the requisite applicable customary law and usage".

He said according to the facts, Nana Mfransie's great grand uncle, Nana Tuful-Asamoah migrated from Takyiman in the Brong Ahafo Region with his two sisters Bonsu and Yeyiaba and while Bonsu settled at Shama through marriage, Tuful-Asamoah and Yeyiaba settled at Lower Inchaban. The Chairman said four Chiefs from that lineage had occupied the Lower Inchaban stool.

These include Nana Attom I and Nana Attom II, Nana Mensah Gyanin and Nana Kwesi Mfransie I.

According to the committee, one A. K. Garbrah was nominated to be the next Chief of Lower Inchaban but being the Managing Director of the State Construction Company (SCC) asked his brother Atta Panyin also known as Nana Tuful-Asamoah II to be chosen in his stead in consultation with the kingmakers.

The committee awarded a cost of two million cedis against Ebusuapanyin Ntuma.

Nana Mfransie II, after the ruling appealed to all residents of Inchaban to rally behind her and ensure the development of the area.