Culture Reaction Destoolment

Am still the Osu
Mankralo’ – Nii Ako Nortei

Accra,
Jan. 24, GNA – Nii Ako Nortei IV, says he is still the Osu Mankralo and
performing his lawful duties, in accordance with customary law and the
provisions of the Chieftaincy Act, 2008 Act 759.

In
that respect, he said a press conference held by some members of the Osu
Ashante Blohum Dzaase on Friday, December 30, 2016, to declare his destoolment
was illegal and a breach of customary law.

Nii
Nortei made the assertion in a statement read on his behalf by the Secretary of
the Osu Ashante Blohum Dzaase, Nii Nortey Wilson at a press conference, to
react to the alleged destoolment.

Nii
Nortei said he was a gazetted Mankralo and “by merely stating at a press
conference that the Osu Ashante Dzaase has resolved in a declaration to destool
me, without passing through customary and lawful procedures, constitutes an
offence under Section 63 (f) of the Chieftaincy Act, 2008 Act 759”.

“We
wish to refer to Section 63 (f) of the Chieftaincy Act which states that: ‘Any
person who … deliberately fails to follow the right procedures to destool a
chief commits an offence and liable on summary conviction to a fine not more
than two hundred penalty units or to a term of imprisonment of not more than
three months or to both and in the case of continuing offence to further fine
not more than twenty-five penalty units for each day on which the offence
continues.’”

Nii
Nortei said the action of the purported kingmakers, was not only in breach of
Section 63 (f) of the Chieftaincy Act, but wilful intent to tarnish the image
of the Mankralo and personality under Section 134 of the Criminal Code, 1960
Act 29.

“This
amounts to an attempt to cause confusion, disunity and deceit in the Osu
Ashante Blohum, in particular, and the Osu community as a whole and that could
generate chaos, violence and mistrust.”

The
Mankralo said the persons who held the press conference have therefore,
violated the said Section of the Chieftaincy Act and the Criminal Code and that
the matter was pending before the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.

GNA

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