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08.05.2005 General News

Confusion, As Another Foreigner is enstolled ...

By GNA

Chiefs advised against indiscriminate enstoolment of foreigners Gomoa Bewuadze (C/R), May 8, GNA - Nana Obambir Egyir IV, Chief of Gomoa Bewuadze has appealed to chiefs to thoroughly investigate the backgrounds of expatriates they want to install as chiefs. Our quest for development projects should not drive us to give chieftaincy titles to people with questionable characters, Nana Egyir said and added that "we make the chieftaincy institution a laughing stock" before foreigners when they hear that people with doubtful characters had enstooled as chiefs in Ghana.

He was reacting to the installation of a British national, Mr Roger Gillman as the Nkosuohene (Development Chief) of Mankoadze without the knowledge of the chiefs and elders of the town.

Nana Egyir who is the Head of the Royal Clan of Mankoadze said they got to know about the installation when Mr Gillman who wanted to put up a library complex for the town was invited to the Chiefs palace for discussion over the land for the project.

"Mr Gillman was dressed in traditional cloth, with some retinue following him with a stool", adding that, when the Adontenhene of the town, Nana Fona Ababio questioned Mr Gillman whether he was a chief he replied 'yes'.

Nana Ababio asked him where he was made a chief and Mr Gillman replied that he was the Nkosuohene of Mankoadze. Probing further as to who made him the Nkosuohene, Mr Gillman replied, the Paramount Chief of Gomoa Ajumako Traditional Area and admitted that he did not know any of the elders of the town. When Mr Gillman, was asked to send his stool home because in Ghana a chief did not need to carry his stool when invited by his fellow chief to his palace, he became offended and left the palace with his followers.

When GNA contacted Okatakyi Nyanful Krampah X, the Paramount Chief of Gomoa Ajumako, he said the destooled Chief of Mankoadze, Nana Otsew Adabraku misled him to take that decision.

He said Nana Adabraku made him to understand that Mr Gillman had been sponsoring the education of about 200 basic school children and was helping the town in diverse ways.

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