Ahweneasehene flanked with his elders pouring libation after the ruling
Tension is currently brewing between the chiefs and people of Adadientem and Ahweniease in the Akyem Abuakwa Traditional Area in the Eastern Region over a parcel of land said to be enriched with gold, DAILY GUIDE has gathered.
According to the paper’s investigations, the situation has come about following a ruling by the Okyenhene, Osagyefuo Amoatia Ofori Panin on Monday, which gave the ownership of the said land to the chief of Ahweniease.
However, the ruling had angered the people of Adadientem, led by the Ankobeahene, Baffour Kyei Acheampong, who has vowed to defend the land by any means possible.
A source disclosed to the DAILY GUIDE the people of Adadientem over the years have been the owners of that portion of the land which had never been disputed by any successive chiefs of Ahweniease until now.
They are, therefore, wondering why the new chief of Ahweniease, Barima Gyasi Kovie, who was enstooled less than two years ago, had brought confusion and enmity between the two major areas after several years of having lived together.
According to the source, when the Ahwenease chief first raised the issue before some chiefs under Okyehene, they were said to have advised the Ahweneasehene to leave the matter to rest for the sake of peace and unity.
The source also added that the Okyenhene ignored all the good counsel by his sub-chiefs and went ahead to sit on the matter and ruled against the people of Adadientem, thereby triggering a confusion between the two towns.
The residents of Adadientem have refused to accept the Okyehene’s verdict and have vowed to use all possible means to seek redress.
Briefing DAILY GUIDE, the Ahwenease chief Barima Gyasi Koree, said he took the action to stop the people of Adadietem from further causing destruction to the land through illegal mining.
The Ahwenease chief also disclosed that ‘I have all historical documents to prove that the land belongs to the people of Ahwenease.’
The chief further added that as a good leader, he had assisted some of the young people in his community to acquire small scale mining license to enable them to operate legally in conformity to the mining regulations in the country.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Kyebi
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