Eric Amoateng Triggers Controversy

Eric Amoateng

Eric Amoateng

It seems the troubles of Eric Amoateng, the former Nkoranza North Member of Parliament who was jailed in the US for exporting heroine into that country keep increasing by the day.

The Amoma Royal House members are up in arms against his plan to mount the Amoma stool again when he returned from the US where he served a ten – year jail term.

It will be recalled that Nana Amoateng who was the chief of Amoma abdicated the stool and slaughtered a sheep at the Nkoranza Omanhene’s palace to seal everything before going into active politics.  He contested the Nkoranza North Parliamentary seat and won convincingly. Barely one and half years after being sworn in as a parliamentarian, Amoateng traveled to the US and was arrested for possessing heroine, a banned substance in the US.

He was tried with his accomplice, Nii Adjei and jailed in the US.  When he returned to his hometown he clandestinely went to the stool room to perform some rituals which infuriated the elders of the town because when he returned from the US he did not see the courtesy to consult the elders before entering the stool room.


In his absence a new chief was nominated and so when Amoateng laid claim to the stool he willingly abdicated,  the people became angry and caused the lawyer of the family,  Nana Obiri Boahen to write to warn him against any attempt to go near the stool because constitutionally and traditionally, an ex-convict cannot be a chief in Ghana.

In the latest development, Mr. Amoateng has threatened to celebrate the Yam Festival of the people of Amoma but the stool elders have petitioned the Kintampo Municipal Police Commander to stop him, warning that if the police fail to stop him they will take the law into their own hands.

In an exclusive interview with DAILY GUIDE, Mr. Kaakyire an uncle of Amoateng said what is most annoying is that since Amoateng returned from jail he has refused to meet with the family members, not to talk about the circumstances that led to his time in prison.

As at the time of filing this report the Amoma township was very tense and anything can happen if the security agencies failed to take proper action to restore peace in the town.

FROM Eric Bawah, Amoma