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12.01.2006 Regional News

20 year-old dispute settled at Breman Kuntanasi


Breman Kuntanasi (C/R), Jan 12, GNA - The Chiefs and the People of Breman Kuntanasi in the Asikuma-Odoben-Brakwa District of the Central Region, have settled a 20 year-old chieftaincy dispute in the town. "There is no more any chieftaincy dispute at Kuntanasi. The kingmakers, chiefs, heads of clan and the entire people have come together to smoke the peace pipe," Ebusuapanyin Kweku Amissah, Head of the Oyoko Clan said on Monday.

Speaking to the GNA at Breman Kuntanasi, he said that the Chief, Nana Kweku Odum Essilfie III, had been introduced to the 11 villages under his jurisdiction signifying "absolute peace" in the area. The installation of Nana Essilfie in January, 2004 re-ignited controversy among members of the Oyoko Clan leading to a further strain in the relations between the Head of the Kingmakers and the Chief. Ebusuapanyin Amissah pointed out that the town was lagging behind in development due to the protracted chieftaincy dispute. He praised Nana Nkum, Gyasihene of the town also known as Mr Ishmael Yamson, former Chairman of Unilever Ghana, for his role in the settlement of the dispute.

Ebusuapanyin Amissah called on citizens of the town both home and abroad especially the youth visit home regularly to contribute towards the development of the area.

He said Kuntanasi lacked a post office, potable water, modern toilet facility and a palace while electricity should be extended to other parts of the town to give it a facelift.

Ebusaupanyin Amissah appealed to the Government and the District Assembly to provide staff to ensure environmental sanitation. He noted that the town had been declared a cholera endemic area in the District as a result poor sanitation and the water problem facing the people.

Nana Essilfie who is also the Benkumhene of the Breman Asikuma Traditional Area, appealed to well-to-do citizens and Non-Governmental Organisations for assistance to improve living conditions in the town. He appealed to the District Assembly ensure the completion of the market since more than 90 percent of the work was finished about two years ago.

Nana Essilfie also called for the rehabilitation of educational infrastructure in the town to ensure quality education for children.