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20.07.2005 General News

Blame Jerry -Chief

By Gye Nyame Concord

Nii Ablade Odei Ayiku IV, the estranged Chief of Nungua, has hit a strong snag at ex- President Jerry John Rawlings, blaming him for being behind the current chieftaincy dispute in the Nungua traditional area.

According to him, former President Rawlings must be held responsible for what is currently happening at Nungua, warning him to stay away from the people of Nungua.

He said Rawlings won't be allowed to trudge in any chieftaincy issue anymore, now that he is back from exile.

Speaking in an interview with this paper, he called on the people of Nungua to unite and resist forces fighting against their development to help build their town, which he described as under-developed, full of children not having access to education, as well as abject poverty.

He told GYE NYAME CONCORD that some institutions and individuals often make and keep making the “sad mistake” and feature persons other than him as the substantive chief of Nungua under the pretext of fair play.

He said the people of Nungua must note that there is only one substantive chief at Nungua, who is recognised by the Ga Traditional Council.

He told this reporter that but for the prudent decision taken by him and his elders not to engage in any form of war with any persons or group of persons, Nungua would have been in bloodshed by now as a result of Rawlings' decision to send him into exile.

Nii Ablade Odei Ayiku IV cautioned the general public to desist from featuring other people other than himself as the substantive chief of Nungua.

He said all self-styled chiefs are only impersonators who took advantage of his absence in the country to climb into office and sold all the Nungua lands to enrich themselves.

He said there were desperate attempts by the impostors to use all means to make people recognise them as rulers of Nungua since they are afraid and scared that he would ask them to account for the lost lands.

When asked how he plans to retrieve the lost lands back to the people of Nungua, he told the Concord that the land of Nungua belongs to the people of Nungua and any individual who has unlawfully sold or acquired a land in Nungua must surrender himself before the law gets hold of him.

Touching on how to bring peace to Nungua as they were about to celebrate their Kplego festival, he said his doors are always open and ready to forgive all wrongdoers provided they were ready to play according to the rules of the game, which he said were transparency, accountability and truthfulness.

He said no other person can develop the Nungua township except the people themselves, calling on them to put aside all their differences as they celebrate the Kplego festival and help build Nungua to make it a better place to live.