TENSION is brewing in Kwahu Abene in the Kwahu East District of the Eastern Region over a chieftaincy dispute resulting in heavy security presence in the community to maintain peace and order.
DAILY GUIDE learnt the hullabaloo started when Nana Adjoa Gyamfuwaah, the Queen mother of the traditional area brought in the police to stop a faction led by the Adehyehene from installing a candidate of their choice as the new Kwahumanhene to succeed the late Dasebree Akuamoah Boateng II.
According to her, the Adehyehene and his group were trying to install someone who is not a royal as a chief which is contrary to tradition, “because the alleged kingmakers do not have the power to embark on such process that was why I personally went to the National Police Headquarters to report the matter and brought in the police to stop them.”
“The purported candidate hasn’t passed through any consultation or nomination before undergoing the customs and rites to be installed as a chief,” she elaborated.
The Eastern Regional Police Commander, DCOP Awuni was reported to have gone to the place to hold talks with the two factions.
DAILY GUIDE gathered about 15 people are lobbying to succeed the late chief creating a problem for the kingmakers as to who to choose.
The situation has over the past two years created a misunderstanding between the Queen mother and the kingmakers.
The late Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng died in September 2014, at the age of 80, having ruled for 42 years as the President of the Kwahu Traditional Council.
He started his basic education at Abene and completed at Nkwatia Government School. He then proceeded to the Prempeh College for his secondary education, and later went to the University of Ghana-Legon, and the Ghana Law School, where he graduated as a legal practitioner.
The late Daasebre Boateng was in October 1971 enstooled as the Kwahu manhene and was later elected President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs on two consecutive times- from 1982-1989.
He was also elected vice president of the National House of Chiefs from 1985-1988.
FROM Daniel Bampoe, Abene – Kwahu