Ga Dzaase Challenges Ga Mantse

Nii Adama Latse II

The Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase has reacted strongly to claims by another family that George Tackie Abia known by the stool name as Nii Adama Latse II is the Ga Mantse.

According to the Dzaase, a statement was issued on April 19, 2017 signed by Nii Amugi Tackie-Yarboi giving reasons why Nii Adama Latse II is the Ga Mantse but the Ga Paramount Dzaase is disputing the claims in what has become protracted chieftaincy dispute over the Ga Stool.

The Dzaase issued a counter statement yesterday claiming that historical records showed that Nii Adama Latse II cannot come from the royal line of the Ga Paramount Stool.

“George Tackie Abia claims to hail from the Adama Tackie family of the Nii Teiko Tsuru We, but he does not hail from any of the three ruling houses namely: Naa Korkoifio We gate (female line); Nii Teiko Doku We gate (male line); and Naa Adarku Ashong We gate (female line).”

The statement claimed that “it is these three gates, particularly the male line, that royal candidates from Nii Teiko Tsuru Royal Ruling House are nominated to ascend the office of Ga Mantse,” adding that “George Tackie Abia does not hail either maternally or paternally from any of the three other Ruling Houses namely: Abola Piam, Nii Amugi and Nii Tackie Kommey respectively.”

According to the Dzaase, George Tackie Abia became Ga Mantse with the stool name Nii Adama Latse II because “on June 11, 2011, when there was a sitting Ga Mantse in the person of King Tackie Tawiah III aka Dr. Jo Blankson, and whilst consolidated petition was under adjudication of the GARHC, George Tackie Abia uncustomary, unlawfully invaded and broke into the Ga Paramount Stool Room at Abola, Accra, with support of cohorts and armed landguards, which is an aberration in Ga custom, tradition and practices.”

The statement further said that “due to the illegalities committed by George Tackie Abia ,” King Tackie Tawiah III instituted contempt proceedings against Nii Latse II and six others on June 24, 2011 and added that the ruling of the Judicial Committee of the GARHC is pending before the Court of Appeal in Accra.

According to the Dzaase, “due to the pending of the suit before the Court of Appeal, George Tackie Abia’s gazette of April 24, 2015 should not have been effected,” saying it breached the procedure to gazette a chief.

The release claimed the kingmakers who installed Nii Adama Latse II were not “the traditional office holders they claimed to be.”

“Indeed, six years after the purported installation of George Tackie Abia as Ga Mantse, he has not been able to be inducted into the Ga Traditional Council as its President since there are numerous valid grounds to restrain him from doing so.”

The Dzaase said Dr. Kelvin Nii Abia Tackie should be considered as the legitimate Ga Mantse because the elders followed laid down customary procedures to get him nominated.

“In 2014, Abola Piam royal ruling house presented three candidates including Emmanuel Nii Ayikuma Van-Dove, Thomas Kudja Okai Tackie and Henry Ayittey Aryeetey aka Ayittey Canada for vetting by the Ga Dzaase but the candidates were each found not to be suitable for the position of Ga Mantse for different reasons.”

The Dzaase said “as a result, the Ga Paramount Stool agreed by majority decision to move to the next Royal Ruling House in succession, that is Nii Teiko Tsuru Royal ruling House to search for a candidate.”

According to the Dzaase, after going through vetting, the elders settled on Dr. Kelvin Nii Abia Tackie as the Ga Mantse and asked Abola Piam Ruling House to prepare the next leader after the reign of Dr. Kelvin Nii Abia Tackie.

By William Yaw Owusu