Trouble in New Juaben: Aggrieved chiefs destool Omanhene
Aggrieved chiefs of the New Juaben Traditional Area have invoked the Great Oath (Ntamkese) of the Asantehene on the Omanhene of the area, Daasebre (Prof) Oti Boateng, not to hold himself out both in Ghana and abroad as the paramount chief.
As part of the invocation of the sacred oath, the suspended chiefs, led by the Abesimhene of New Juaben, Baffour Akwasi Adarkwah II, slaughtered a sheep at the palace of Baffour Adarkwah to give effect to the destoolment.
They then sent emissaries to the Omanhene’s palace to deliver parts of the carcass to indicate the injunction placed on him not to designate himself as the paramount chief henceforth.
However, according to the aggrieved chiefs, the Omanhene reserved the right to either accept or reject those parts of the slaughtered animal.
Daasebre Oti Boateng, the chiefs added, also had the chance to invoke the same Great Oath to deny the various allegations made against him, a move that would prompt the Asantehene to summon the two parties to the Manhyia Palace to ask them why they invoked the Ntamkese.
It would be recalled that the aggrieved chiefs of New Juaben attempted to slaughter a sheep at the Omanhene’s palace last year but were prevented from doing so when armed policemen in armoured vehicles stormed the palace.
The chiefs, whose suspension ranged from three to 18 years, are the Mpampamahene, Nana Mpampama Oware; the Abesimhene, Baffour Akwasi Adarkwa; the Nkoguasoafuohene, Nana Kyei Yamoah Ponko II; the Asuminamhene, Nana Obugya Asante; the Ahenemmahene, Nana Otuo Sereboe Boateng; the Akonfodehene and Baffour Boakye Agyeman.
The others are the Suhyenhene, Okogyeman Ankoma Basapong; the Owereabanhene, Nana Okyere Panin; the Peteprehene, Nana Adu Bonsu; the Ntahrahene, Nana Kwabena Dua; the Dumakwaehene, Nana Oko Yaw, and the Nseniehene, Nana Yaw Annor Boateng.
Earlier at a press briefing, the Spokesperson for the aggrieved chiefs, Nana Annor Boateng, had stated that the Omanhene had become interested in serial suspension of the chiefs of the area, citing the recent suspension of the Abesimhene.
According to him, the Omanhene referred to the alleged behaviour of Baffour Adarkwa as arrogant, gross misconduct and a serious breach of the great oath Baffour Adarkwa had sworn as reasons for his suspension.
‘We wish to state categorically, without recourse to any ambiguity, that Nana Adarkwa is doused and saturated with the customs and traditions of New Juaben and Asante, to such an extent that he will be the last to breach them,’ he stated.
‘If ever there exists a singular person in New Juaben, Old Juaben and the whole Asante who has shown a dearth of knowledge and disrespect for our customs and traditions, then the Omanhene is the culprit,’ he said.
By Nana Konadu Agyeman/Daily Graphic/Ghana
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