Newly installed Paramount Chief of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council in James Town in Accra, Oblempong Wetse Koko II, also known as Nii Kweikuma III of the Anumansa Quarters, in Accra, has stated emphatically that he is the rightful person to occupy Ngleshie Alata Paramount Stool, despite rumours that he is not qualified.
According to the paramount chief, his great grandfather by name Wetse Kojo I established the James Town dynasty with an Akan-style stool for both patrilineal and matrilineal lineages.
Oblempong Wetse Koko II stressed that James Town paramount stool was not vacant, and called on the general public to disregard the “malicious and spurious” argument of the opposing faction and the traditional council
He indicated that he was still the recognised paramount chief of the area, indicating that his installation was “lawful and genuine.”
He, therefore, rubbished media reports by the acting President of the Council, Nii Neglishie Addy V, together with the Chief of Dansoman, Nii Kojo Danso II, Kingmaker of Plerno Kokrobite, Ayinsah Sasraku III, Kingmaker of Adjumaku, Nii Ayi Okujeoman IV, and Chief of Amamoley, Nii Tetteh Okpe II, claiming that his legitimacy to the stool was questionable, describing such act as one aimed at mudding the peace of Ngleshie Alata Traditional Area in James Town.
Oblempong Wetse Koko II indicated that since the judgement of the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARH) at Dodowa, which declared him as a new James Town Mantse, Mr Morton has been supporting Nii Ngleshie Addy V together with the above mentioned chiefs and elders in the area to make unsubstantial public statements against him.
This development, according to him, had compelled the kingmakers and accredited elders to officially report the conduct of Nii Ngleshie Addy and his followers to some relevant state security agencies and state chieftaincy institutions, but added that these elders have continued to cause confusion in the area.
The agenda of those elders, according to Oblempong Wetse Koko II, has completely failed.
“I am a pure breed and pure blood of James Town who hails from both patrilineal and matrilineal families of Ngleshie Alata Paramount Stool.
“So l am challenging those opposing factions of my installation as James Town Mantse to show me where in their family lineages in James Town in Accra,” Oblempong angrily stressed.
He stated that the series of attacks meted out to his chieftaincy status by the self- seeking elders and royals of the Ngleshie Alata Paramount Stool follow the administrative and human-centered measures he has taken to block all leakages corrupt and fraudulent practices of those elders.
Speaking in an exclusive interview with Today in Accra over the weekend, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II further refuted the allegation that there was a bad blood between him and the late Oberempong Nii Kojo Ababio V, stating that they smoked the peace pipe before the latter died and that “there is a pictorial evidence to that effect.”
He said according to the Chieftaincy Act, there is no where that it has been stated that the Traditional Council should organise the funeral of a late chief, adding that Master’s attestation written by Fosu, ‘Fosu 2000’ for Kwame Nkrumah University of Science and Technology on Ngleshie Alata, states that ‘if a chief dies, there should install another chief to see through the burial process.’
On whether he is the legitimate one for the throne, Oblempong Wetse Kojo II dared his critics, especially Nii Asharku Ayiku III, who is claiming to be the Kingmaker (Dzaase) and Ms Sylvia Akushia Codjoe, also acting head of family to prove their lineage to the throne, adding that an entry of judgement and cost have been issued by an Accra High Court in 2016 against the two on same grounds.
He discounted claims by Ms Codjoe that they are siblings, adding that, “she should prove her lineage, she is not my sister? Who is her mother and father and who appointed her as acting head of the Kweikuma Family?
Wetse Kojo averred that Nii Ayiku, Ms Codjoe at a point in time allegedly connived with the Registrar of the Ngleshie Alata Traditional Council and the Judicial Committee to intentionally return his notice of appeal challenging their jurisdiction and declaring the two as Dzaase and acting head of family.
Story Freeman KORYEKPOR AWLESU
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