New Juaben Traditional Council Finds Baffuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng Guilty Of Serious Customary Breaches

The New Juaben Traditional Council at its emergency meeting held at Koforidua in the Eastern Regional capital on 22nd September 2020 to look into a petition filed by the Kontihene of the area. Baffuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng against Traditional Council which he is a member at the National House of Chiefs (NHCs).

According to the Council Baffuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng’s petition to the president of the NHCs which he sent copies to various media platforms was without recourse to the Omanhene or the Traditional Council.

“This act violates customary law and the hierarchy of the Traditional Council establishment.  The action taken by the Kontihene constitutes a betrayal of the sacred oath he has sworn to the Paramount Stool and the Traditional Area and calls into sharp focus his loyalty and integrity to the Stool.” The Council disclosed.

Meanwhile, press statement issued by the Council and signed by Acting President, New Juaben Traditional Area, Nana Twumasi Dankwa explained that in accordance with tradition, the Kontihene is expected to seek clemency and restitution. But instead, he has decided to estrange himself from the activities of the New Juaben Traditional Council.

According to the Council after their interrogation into Kontihene’s petition, it came out clear that he (Kontihene) was so sure that the original list submitted by the Traditional Council which he is raising question about did contained the anomalies he is alleging to.

If his claims were true why didn’t he produce that list which he claimed contained the anomalies as documentary evidence to justify his wild claim? The Acting President, New Juaben Traditional Area enquired.

“He (Kontihene) admitted in his petition that he deduced his evidence from the LI which means that he has never seen the original submission from the Traditional Council to the National House of Chiefs.

Yet he jumps to the unsavoury conclusion of falsely blaming the Traditional Council for the error detected in the LI relating to the New Juaben listing without any factual proof. What a contorted and twisted logic!

This is completely an illogical assumption given the fact that the original list submitted by the Traditional Council passed through several institutions including the National House of Chiefs, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office and Parliament before it became law.” Portions of the statement read.

The Council pointed out that institutional errors, mostly accidental, sometimes occur and could have happened at any of the aforementioned institutional points of passage. Furthermore, the Traditional Council did not have the option of editing the draft law pertaining to New Juaben.

 

Below Is The Full Statemen

 

PETITION OF NEW JUABEN KONTIHENE TO NATIONAL HOUSE OF CHIEFS PRESIDENT- A FATAL MISJUDGMENT

 At an emergency meeting on 22nd September 2020, the New Juaben Traditional Council issued the following comments on the petition sent by Kontihene to the National House of Chiefs President:

The Kontihene of New Juaben, Baffuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng, was found guilty of some serious customary breaches last year which were all recorded in the minutes of the Traditional Council meetings.  In accordance with tradition, he is expected to seek clemency and restitution. Instead, he has decided to estrange himself from the activities of the New Juaben Traditional Council.

 He recently sent a petition to the President of the National House of Chiefs with copies to various media platforms without recourse to the Omanhene or the Traditional Council. This act violates customary law and the hierarchy of the Traditional Council establishment.  The action taken by the Kontihene constitutes a betrayal of the sacred oath he has sworn to the Paramount Stool and the Traditional Area and calls into sharp focus his loyalty and integrity to the Stool.

 If Kontihene had exercised the essential due diligence over this matter by first checking from the Traditional Council, he would have realized that a).

 The Traditional Council submitted the genuine names of the twelve Divisional Chiefs to the National House of Chiefs and that b). The Omanhene had already written to the President of the National House of Chiefs to amend the LI of the detected errors with the specific inclusion of the names of the twelve Divisional Chiefs originally submitted but inadvertently excluded from the LI.

Kontihene made the fallacious and vicious statement in his petition that “anomalies have occurred in the list presented to the National House of Chiefs and its President.”  This statement is falsely blaming the Traditional Council without any basis whatsoever.

If he was so sure that the original list submitted by the Traditional Council contained these anomalies, why didn’t he produce that list as documentary evidence to justify his wild claim?  He admitted in his petition that he deduced his evidence from the LI which means that he has never seen the original submission from the Traditional Council to the National House of Chiefs.

Yet he jumps to the unsavoury conclusion of falsely blaming the Traditional Council for the error detected in the LI relating to the New Juaben listing without any factual proof. What a contorted and twisted logic! 

 This is completely an illogical assumption given the fact that the original list submitted by the Traditional Council passed through several institutions including the National House of Chiefs, the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, the Attorney General’s Office and Parliament before it became law.

Institutional errors, mostly accidental, sometimes occur and could have happened at any of the aforementioned institutional points of passage. Furthermore, the Traditional Council did not have the option of editing the draft law pertaining to New Juaben.

In view of these circumstances, how can any rational person jump to the unsubstantiated conclusion that an error detected in the LI on the New Juaben listing must emanate from the Traditional Council?  This is a massive fatal misjudgment on the part of Kontihene, Baafuor Nyantakyi Tutu Boateng.

By writing directly to the President of the National House of Chiefs without passing through the Omanhene or the Traditional Council, Kontihene has committed two significant breaches.

The first breach is his failure to pass the petition through his Overlord in accordance with customary law and usage. The second is by bypassing the Traditional Council, the ultimate traditional leadership power, which has the legal mandate of original jurisdiction over all matters and causes affecting Chieftaincy in the Traditional Area, thus contravening the Chieftaincy Act of 2008. 

The Traditional Council reiterates its praise for the bold and courageous fight by the Omanhene leading eventuality to the allocation of six Divisional Chiefs in the reconstituted Eastern Regional House of Chiefs.

We assure the Omanhene of our unflinching support and will add our voice to supplicate the continuance of Divine blessings for an exemplary leadership in the New Juaben Traditional Area.

 

 Nana Twumasi Dankwa

Acting President, New Juaben Traditional Area.

 

 

 

Story: Franklin ASARE-DONKOH

Email: franklinadonkoh@gmail.com

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