Tension At Sasaamon-Bomso Over Sale Of Lands
THE REFUSAL of an Odikro of Sasaamon-Bomso, Nana Kofi Krah to comply with a ruling by the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II has aggravated tension over land disputes in the community.
Some land owners are currently at loggerheads with traditional authorities in the area, led by the Chief, Nana Osei Akoto, after the latter issued a deadline to land owners to surrender documents covering plots purchased from Nana Kofi Krah, the Odikro for regularization, per ruling by the Kumasi Traditional Council on July this year.
Even though the Asante King, through an arbitration by the Kumasi Traditional Council Meeting held on July 18 this year, ruled that the Odikro, Nana Kofi Krah, could no longer hold himself as such and that all lands leased under his authority must be reverted to Nana Osei Akoto for regularization, Nana Kofi Krah has failed to abide by the directives.
The result has been the growing tension in the community with the land owners insisting that they have authority from the Odikro to develop the land and did not see why they should re-enter into negotiations with the Chief.
In the 6-page ruling copy of which has been made available to The Chronicle , the Asantehene chastised the Odikro for the long standing tension and disturbances in the community and ordered the cancellation of the Odikro Stool which Nana Kofi Krah claimed to be presiding over.
Otumfuo, per the ruling, also ordered Nana Osei Akoto to repossess all lands sold by the Odikro, Nana Kofi Krah; an order which has brought intense nervousness to the community.
At a press conference organized by the developers last week, they claimed Nana Osei Akoto had refused to grant them audience anytime they had made efforts to see him, an allegation Nana Akoto has vehemently denied in a statement issued on Monday .
According to the land owners, they dread the consequences of the deadline, which ended on Monday and believe they may lose possession of the lands because of the alleged refusal by the Chief to grant audience to them.
But Nana Osei Akoto insists that he has strict orders from Manhyia to regularize the acquisition of the lands and that any portion of the acquired land which does not fall into the original community layout would have to be re-allocated.
Nana Osei Akoto, however, said he had no interest in seizing lands but rather wants the proper thing to be done so that the Sasaamon-Bomso community can witness development which has eluded it over the years.
‘I take my authority from my Lord (the Asantehene) and once the King has spoken, I do not think there is anything more to be said,’ Nana Osei Akoto stated, when the paper contacted him to ascertain the veracity of the allegations.
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