Date published: February 17, 2014
From Sebastian R. Freiku, Kumasi
OBAAPANIN ADWOA Adowaa, the head of the Asaman Kani Ekuona Royal family of Kumasi has told the Judgment Debt Commission that the family is not privy to the payment of GH¢11,000,000.00 by the government in respect of 2nd Brigade lands in Kumasi.
In April last year, Sole Commissioner Justice Yaw Apau announced that the government paid GH¢11,000,000.00 as compensation to one Nana Kwaku Duah Appianin III, (Kokosohene), Nana Akyiaa Tiwaa (Asaaman Kani Hemaa) and Abusuapanin Kwasi Kontoh (Kofinini Abusuapanin) in a case
against the Ministry of Defence and Attorney General’s Department in 2009.
But the nonagenarian head of the family said upon enquiries at the Commission on Judgment Debt recently it came to light that payment of compensation on the land belonging to the Second Infantry Brigade in Kumasi had been made to a certain individuals, who are not members of the Asaman Kani Royal family which owns the said land in question.
Obaapanin Adowa indicated that Nana Akyiaa Tiwaa who claims to be Abaasehemaa of Kwadaso in Kumasi is from the Oyoko family and not a member of the Asaman Kani Ekuona Royal family as she claims.
She said over the years an injunction had been placed on the said lands under various governments until it was mysteriously revoked recently without the knowledge of the family paving the way for the payment of the said judgment debt to unknown beneficiaries.
She has, therefore, appealed to the government to launch full scale investigations into the payment of the GHc11, 000,000 and expose those who impersonated as members of the Asaman Kani family to fraudulently collect the money for prosecution.
In a related development, the Asaman Kani Royal family of Kumasi has filed a demand notice to the government for the prompt payment of adequate compensation for the acquisition of their ancestral family land at Atwima Manso near Afari in the Atwima Nwabigya district.
The family claims that a 400-acre piece of land situated at Atwima Manso near Afari is their ancestral land which the Ghana of Government reportedly acquired for the Ghana Armed Forced recently.
Referring to Article 20 (1), (2) and (3) of the 1992 Constitution, the petitioners contended that the government was enjoined by law to pay adequate and prompt compensation to the owners of the acquired land.
The family stated that even though no compensation has been made, the Ghana Armed Forces has mobilized agents onto the said piece and parcel of land in question and cleared substantial part.
Following, the owners of the land are demanding the payment of reasonable and adequate compensation to them.
The demand notice of February 12, 2014, filed by Lawyer Nana Obiri Yeboah of the “Enso Nyame Ye” Chambers in Sunyani on behalf of the family which members include Obaapanin Adowaa, Dr. Takyi, Afia Kesse, Abena Mansa and Abena Konadu among others, was addressed to the Minister of Justice and Attorney General with copies to the Legal Directorate of the Ghana Armed Forces, The Commanding Officer of 2nd Infantry Brigade of the Ghana Armed Forces, the Regional Officer of the Land Valuation Board and the Minister of Defence.
Pix: Obaapanin Adwoa Adowaa, Head of Asaman Kani Ekuona Royal family
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