PARAMOUNT Chief of Bassa Traditional Area in the Sene East District of the Bono East Region, Nana Owusu Sakyi IlI, has rubbished widespread media reports suggesting that he sold out the rosewood timbers in the area to Fulani herdsmen and also gave monastics opportunity to control their farm lands.
According to the chief, there is not even a single nomadic herdsman living on their lands, describing the allegations by the youth group calling itself the Bassaman Youth Association (BYA) as “serious lies, propaganda.”
He noted that being a law-abiding citizen, he will be the last person to allow foreigners to destroy “our natural resources.”
Earlier, the Chairman of the Association, Mr Samuel Antwi, who addressed the media on Sunday, May 12, 2019 accused Nana Owusu Sakyi II of allowing strangers, foreigners including the Fulani herdsmen, to cut rosewood and timbers in the area to burn as charcoal.
The youth demanded accountability from their chief and accused him of using proceeds from the sales of the timbers for his personal gain.
But in a sharp rebuttal to set the records straight on the matter, Nana Owusu Sakyi IIl in an interview with Weekend Today via telephone call yesterday stated that the allegations were a sinister plot by the youth in the area to soil his image.
Giving out some of the facts, the chief explained that the youth in the area were extorting money from the settler farmers for which he ordered them to stop, a situation, he said, angered them to resort to fabricate stories, ostensibly to disgrace him.
He stressed that the attacks on his life were an old well-coordinated plan by some youth group who are famous supporters of the governing New Patriotic Party (NPP) in the area.
He explained that all the plots to tarnish his reputation started after he was asked to speak as a spokesperson on behalf of the chiefs and people of the four traditional communities, comprising, Kwameduro, Premoase, Nyankontere and Nkatia Kurom, all under Bassa Traditional Council when President Nana Addo Dankwa Akufo-Addo recently toured the Bono East Region as one of the newly created regions.
He pointed out that some self-seeking people who were members and supporters of the NPP in the area were not happy that he was delegated to speak on behalf of the chiefs at the function to welcome President Akufo-Addo since
Story: Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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