‘I’m still Sempe Mantse’

Nii Adote Obuor II has stated categorically that he is still the legitimate-installed Chief of Sempe Divisional Area in the Ga State.

According to Nii Adote Otintor II, and the Head of Saka Tsuru We of Sempe, Nii Saka Tsuru II, they are embittered that the state-owned newspaper, Daily Graphic, accorded the ‘Sempe Mantse’ title to Nii Adote Otintor II in a publication in its 24th April, 2018 edition.

He denied any of such title to anyone except the legitimate Sempe Mantse in the capacity of Nii Adote Obour II, who was still alive and strong.


“We wish to officially make it known to the editor of the newspaper [Daily Graphic] and other media houses that any information that comes to their doorstep in connection with Sempe must be cross-checked and further probed from the acting Sempe Mantse representative in the name of Henry Nii Ayi Addo, who now acts as their lawful Power of Attorney and appeal to the Graphic editors to retract the said story with the wrong caption, title and capacity in their newspaper on Nii Moi Allotei Brown.


The head of family further said that it was not true as captured in the Daily Graphic story that the Sempe Mantse title and capacity had been bestowed on Nii Moi Allotei Brown.


According to him, the said Daily Graphic story was a potential recipe for chaos within the Sempe traditional area.

“We want to put on record that the legitimate Sempe Mantse in the person of Nii Adote Obour II is still alive and had not handed over power of rule of Sempe to anyone and could not also have done that alone since he was installed by a group of elders and kingmakers of the Saka Tsuru We,“ Nii Saka Tsuru II averred.


It will be recalled that members of the Ga Traditional Council (GTC) of the Greater Accra Region recently organised a press conference recently where they said Nii Adote Otintor II was the legitimate Sempe Chief, and thus urged the general public to disregard any claimant to the stool.


At the said event to ostensibly set the records straight on the matter, Acting President of GTC, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, said the Council recognised only Nii Adote Otintor II as the legitimate Sempe Mantse.


“If someone thinks he is doing something good, he would have informed the GTC while installing another chief…we want peace in Ga State and must say that Nii Adote Otintor II is the legitimate Sempe Mantse,” he said.


The GTC’s claim followed recent widespread media reports that suggested that the Chief of Sempe, Nii Adote Obuor II, had granted Power of Attorney to Mr Henry Nii Ayi Addo, a journalist, over all Sempe properties.


The report added that Mr Addo had also been granted the authority by Nii Adotey Obuor II to fight all Sempe cases in court and to champion the interests of the people of Sempe.


But Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, who doubles as the Chief of Otublohum Traditional Area, described the said Power of Attorney granted to Mr Addo as “fake and had no basis in law, equity, customary and practices of Ga State.”


“Never in the history of Ga, that a chiefly duty is transferred to a person by a document like a Power of Attorney. It is instructive to note that Nii Adote Obuor II has no chiefly duty (both customary and legal) to delegate anyone, since he ceases to be a chief by his deed and conduct, imaginary or real.


“We are therefore questioning whether by the said Power of Attorney Nii Ayi Addo is required to sit in Council as Acting Sempe Mantse or as a representative of the Sempe Divisional Stool at the GTC,” he stressed.


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