Tension Mounts At Offinso • Over Missing Stool

Nana Wiafe Akenten IIITension is reportedly high at Offinso in the Ashanti region following rumours that gold ornaments decorating the found Black Stool belonging to the Offinsohene, Nana Wiafe Akenten III, are missing.  

Natives of the traditional area, according to reports, are angry and want to cause mayhem if the gold ornaments are not returned immediately.  

The irate Offinso residents, DAILY GUIDE gathered, are also insisting that the truth about the missing Black Stool should be unravelled as soon as possible to let peace prevail.  

The natives, according to reports, are particularly angry with Nana Akenten III, whom they accused of having something to do with the stealing of the stool.  

But sources told DAILY GUIDE that the Offinsohene, who had earlier said he knew nothing about the issue, is still standing by his words.  

The Offinso Black Stool which is believed to have special powers got missing under mysterious circumstances prior to the recent general elections but was later found.  

However, this was not without controversy as it was alleged that the gold ornaments used to decorate the found stool had been plucked away.  

This development has raised tempers as residents have reportedly sworn to spit fire on the Offinsohene if the gold ornaments on the stool are not returned immediately.  

The Offinso residents, it is further alleged, are claiming that the missing gold ornaments were used by the Offinsohene and former President Jerry John Rawlings to perform rituals which helped the National Democratic Congress (NDC) to win the just-ended polls.

It would be recalled that DAILY GUIDE in its Saturday, January 10, 2009 edition published a story with the caption ‘I Am Not Dead – Offinsohene’, in which it reported that Nana Akenten III, in an interview with Kessben FM in Kumasi, debunked speculations that he had passed away following his alleged stealing of the Offinso Black Stool.  

He also denied the rumour that he was bitten by either a snake or a crocodile when he attempted performing some rituals to pacify his ancestors in the River Offin.  

The Offinsohene as well deflated the rumour that he and Mr. Rawlings connived to forcibly break into the room where the Black Stool was kept and took the stool to an unknown destination to perform some rituals which enabled the NDC win the polls.  

Though he admitted that some unknown persons broke into the room where the Black Stool was kept with the intention of stealing it, they failed in their attempt, insisting that the stool was intact.  

The Offinsohene as well sought to indicate that the keys to the room where the stools were kept had never been in his possession for the past 15 years he had been ruling.

Nana Akenten maintained that as a traditional ruler, he would never engage in partisan politics to incur the wrath of his Overlord, the Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, who has banned his sub-chiefs from engaging in politics.  

He accused his detractors of spreading the deceit just to tarnish his hard-won image, and warned those peddling the mendacity to stop or continue doing so at their own peril.

From I.F Joe Awuah Jnr, Kumasi