The Dormaahene, it will be recalled, sat in state at his Palace on Monday, February 17, 2014, and ordered the banishment of the General Manager, Fred Effah-Yeboah, from Dormaa-Ahenkro, effective February 24, 2014 and allegedly authorized his royals to deal with him ‘anyhow that would please them,’ should the man fail to comply with the banishment order he had issued.
The chief also dissolved the Board of the Presbyterian Health Service in the Area on the basis that he, being the Paramount Chief of the area, ought to be the chairman of the Board.
However, stating its position on the matter through a press release available to DAILY GUIDE, which was issued on Thursday, April 3, 2014 by the leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana and signed by the Moderator of the General Assembly, Rt. Rev. Prof. Emmanuel Martey, the Church described the purported banishment of the General Manager by the Dormaahene as ‘uncalled for’ and the supposed dissolution of the Area Board as ‘an aberration.’
‘The Presbyterian Church of Ghana views the supposed banishment of the General Manager of the Presbyterian Health Service in Brong-Ahafo by the Dormaahene as an affront to the rule of law in a modern democratic society like Ghana where Government and its agencies, civil society groups, churches, Non-Governmental Organisations and traditional rulers, are making strenuous efforts towards national cohesion and social integration,’ the release stated.
According to the Church, it found the order of the Dormaahene as a threat to the life of the General Manager, which endangered his personal security and that of his immediate family, and had brought untold uneasiness and unnecessary inconvenience to them.
‘The Leadership of the Presbyterian Church of Ghana hereby calls on the Ghana Police Service to take the necessary action on this matter and ensure that the General Manager and his family receive the maximum protection,’ the Church charged.
It further stated that the claim by the Dormaahene that ‘the Dormaa Stool can kill a human being and no one dares question’ should not be taken lightly by the security agencies and the State of Ghana. Rather, it should be investigated and appropriate action taken, saying, ‘The Presbyterian Church of Ghana holds the strongest view that this claim by the Dormaahene has become a source of panic to patriotic Ghanaians serving the nation in various capacities in the Dormaa Traditional Area.’
The Church also called on the Judicial Service to look into the matter with the urgency it requires, especially the Dormaahene, being a High Court judge, stressing that the action of the chief contradicts the principle of formality, legality, and rationality espoused by the Judicial Service of Ghana.
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FROM Fred Tettey Alarti-Amoako, Sunyani
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