The Chiefs and Elders of Appolonia in the Kpone-Katamanso District of the Greater Accra Region have dismissed claims by one Idrisu Mansro, a self-styled regent of Appolonia, that the regional minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo is interfering himself in the chieftaincy of the area.
“It has come to the attention of the chief and elders of Appolonia that some discontented individuals from Appolonia are presenting themselves falsely as Regents, Kingmakers and Grantors/Land ownwers of Appolonia”, it said.
Idrisu Mansro, a self acclaimed regent of Appolonia, issued a statement last week appealing on President John Dramani Mahama to sack the Greater Accra regional minister, Nii Laryea Afotey Agbo for interfering in the chieftaincy affairs of Appolonia.
But briefing a section of journalists, Mr. Joseph Tetteh, secretary of the Appolonia stool stated that the man in question who made the appeal to the President is not a regent of Appolonia.
He said it was therefore disingenuous on the part of Idrisu Mansro, to make such a claim, since the regional minister cant interfere in the chieftaincy affair of Appolonia whatsoever.
Explaining further, Mr. Tetteh said that “Idrisu Mansro is not regent of Apolonia. The late chief of Appolonia, Nii Tei Adumuah ll denounced this claim before his demise”
“In the chieftaincy Act of 759 of 2008, there is nothing like Regent, that we have kingmakers at Kpone only and they are not represented in any town in the traditional area including Appolonia”, the stool secretary stated.
Mr. Tetteh said the LI 1982, declaration of customary law of Kpone Traditional Council Instrument, 2010 does not have place for Kingmakers in the installation of a Divisional Chief of Appolonia and other towns in Kpone Traditional Area, reiterating that, one seth Gblie Narteh and Seth Affum are not known as Kingmakers of Appolonia let alone install Idrisu Mansro as regent.
“That kingmakers, Elders, individuals or group of people don’t alienate stool lands Article 267 (1) and (5) of the 1992 Constitution of the Republic of Ghana”, Mr. Tetteh pointed.
According to Mr. Tetteh, Appolonia lands are stool lands and although they belong to Kpone stool, are alienable by the chief of Appolonia in consultation with his elders.
“The ruling clans at Appolonia and other towns in Kpone Traditional Area are the first settles. In Appolonia, the settlers/ruling clans are Kojo-We, Appiah-We and Antie-We”, he added.
He said the present chief of Appolonia, Nii Nuertey Amobi ll, was taken through the processes in the L.I for his installation and has finally sworn the oath of allegiance to the paramount chief of the Kpone Traditional Area.
The stool secretary said a case filed against the chief by the so-called regent, and his group at the Judicial Committee of the Kpone Traditional Council was dismissed, adding that the chief has since been gazetted in the name of Nii Nuertey Amobi ll.
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