The Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs (GARHCs) has been accused of blatant ‘double standards’ following the former’s recent announcement that Boni King Tackie Adama Latse II is now the Ga Mantse.
And this announcement, Weekend Today understands, has angered elders and heads of Abola Piam Tunma We (family), one of the four ruling royal houses to Ga Royal Paramount Stool, to register their displeasure against the development.
Speaking in an interview with Weekend Today, a Ga Mantse-nominee from the Abola Piam We, Nii Tackie Oblie II, expressed his disappointment in the conduct of the GARHCs, following a petition he filed with them on February 1, 2018, which purpose was to impress upon GARCHs to ‘stop’ all those calling themes Ga Mantse.
According to him, he still cannot understand why till date the regional house of chiefs has failed to look into his petition.
Nii Tackie Oblie II continued that after presenting his petition to the Judicial Committee of the GARHCs, he was asked to pay a filing fee of GHC15,000.00, which he did.
Nii Oblie II further said he had a personal conversation with the President of GARHCs, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, Osu Mantse, over the lingering Ga Mantse chieftaincy dispute and upon his advice he [Nii Oblie II] filed the petition.
“I was given 24th April, 2018 as the date for the hearing of my case, but strangely I received a phone call from someone who claimed to be the secretary of the president on 23rd April, 2018, a day to the hearing that my case has been adjourned sine die,” he noted.
That, he said, made him to suspect foul paly in the whole matter.
According to him, he has since been making frantic efforts to get the GARHCs to settle the dispute once and for all.
“But all my efforts have yielded no dividends,” he lamented.
Nii Oblie II maintained that the absence of a ‘legitimate Ga Mantse’ has resulted in the lack of an effective traditional leadership in the Ga State, noting that the situation was affecting development of Ga State
“We are peace-loving people and we have always been preaching peace, thus our silence over some of the provocations meted out to us. But this time around we are going to respond to every issue to ensure that we defend our lives and our heritage,” he averred.
He again called on the minister of chieftaincy and religious affairs, the acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Doodu Nsakie II, Acting President of GARHCs and all stakeholders to ensure that the matter is resolved once and for all.
However, in an exclusive interview with Today on the issue, Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI denied knowledge of advising Nii Tackie Obli II to file any petition at GARHCs.
He also denied any knowledge of the petition to the GARHCs by members of Abola Piam Tunma We.
“I do not even know the said Nii Tackie Oblie from Abola Piam Tunma We (family) in Accra. And I do not even remember having a meeting with anybody from Abola Piam.
“So if they are saying that they were made to pay a filing fee of GH¢15,000.00 to the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs for petitioning the house, then I must say that this is mandatory,” Nii Okwei Kinka Dowuona VI, who doubles as the Paramount Chief of Osu Traditional Area,” he said.
He explained that in chieftaincy dispute case on the paramount chief status in the Ga State, the first place for adjudication is the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.
According to the President of GARHCs, “once the case is brought against the nomination, selection and installation of any candidate, the plaintiffs and defendants in the dispute are mandated to pay feeling fees before the panel of the Judicial Committee of GARHCs will be set up to hear the case.”
“So if the people of Abola Piam had filed a petition at the house and they were made to pay a filing fee, it is mandatory and a statutory payment,” he asserted.
Story: Kwanena ANANSE