Asankragwaa Residents Go Wild Over Chief’s Burial


Demonstrators



Some of the demonstrators

Some angry residents of Asankragwaa in the Amenfi West district of the Western Region, calling themselves concerned citizens of Asankragwaa, on Monday staged a peaceful protest in the area.

What gave rise to the demonstration was an alleged interlocutory injunction placed on the burial of a late chief in the area.

They could not fathom why the performance of a royal funeral for the late divisional chief of Asankragwaa, Nana Anyani Buadum III, who died about three years ago, had not been performed.

The demonstrators stormed the palace of the paramount chief of Wassa Amenfi to demand the whereabouts of the Omanhene, Tetrete Okuamoah Sekyim II, but he was not present at the time of the demonstration.

DAILY GUIDE gathered that the funeral rites for the late divisional chief, who ruled for close to 62 years, were supposed to have taken place last year, but had to be postponed indefinitely.

The angry demonstrators, comprising sub-chiefs, elders and some residents clad in red and black attires, chanted war songs and called for the lifting of the alleged injunction.


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They warned that if the funeral rites were not allowed to be performed soon, they would take the law into their own hands and that the consequences might not be palatable.

Speaking to DAILY GUIDE, Kwasi Seber, a native of the area who claimed to be a member of the royal family, noted that after the one-week celebration of the demise of the divisional chief, a date was fixed last year for the performance of the burial and funeral rites.

 

He pointed out that immediately after the one-week celebration, some litigants raised issues to the effect that the late Nana Anyani Buadum III should not be given a royal burial because he was not a chief.

“We don’t understand why this should happen because when Nana Buadum III was alive, the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council recognized him as the divisional chief and his name was gazette,” he stated and added, “So where from these litigants claiming that the late divisional chief should not be given a befitting royal burial and funeral rites?”

DAILY GUIDE gathered that a meeting organized by the judicial committee of the Wassa Amenfi Traditional Council on Monday at the palace of the paramount chief to try to resolve the matter failed to yield any positive result and the case was adjourned to March 16, 2016.

From Emmanuel Opoku, Takoradi


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