The office of the Gbese Mantse has said that the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs has no mandate to instruct Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte II, to stop parading himself as a member of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.
The Spokesperson of Gbese Mantse Nii Ayi-Bonte II, Nii Annan Agbo, in a Citi News, said there was no basis for the Ministry’s order restraining the Chief.
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The Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Kofi Dzamesi, in a letter dated October 27, 2017, and sighted by citifmonline.com, ordered Nii-Ayi Bonte and Nii Adama Latse II, the two claimants of the Ga stool to seize parading themselves as members of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs.
According to the Ministry, the two were inducted into the regional house of chiefs under unclear circumstances, which nullifies their inclusion as members.
He said, “the two should not attend upon the House, participate in any matters of the House, and no benefits and privileges or all other incidentals should be extended to the two referred above.” But the spokesperson for the Gbese Mantse insists that Nii-Ayi Bonte was duly inducted into the Regional House of Chiefs.
“I am not happy about the statement because the minister is not a principal kingmaker. This is related to Chieftaincy. Before anyone goes to the regional house of chiefs, the president at the traditional council has endorsed the person. I don’t know why he passed that statement that Nii Ayi Bonte has no right to go to there. If he has any issue, he should go to the regional house of chiefs or the traditional council to enquire before passing any comment. The chieftaincy minister has trespassed. Gbese is at peace. Nobody is fighting the Gbese Mantse,” he told Citi News.
In October this year, acting President of the Ga Traditional Council, Nii Dodoo Nsaki II, who is also Otublohum Mantse, asked the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs to reverse the induction of Nii Adama Latse as the Ga Mantse into its fold.
The Council said at the time that it had picked reports in sections of the media suggesting that Nii Adama Latse had been inducted into the House of Chiefs as Ga Mantse.
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The confusion over who qualifies to be the Ga Mantse has existed since the demise of Boni Nii Amugi II in December 2004, which was followed by several people laying claim to the stool.
Nii Tackie Teiko Tsuru II became the fifth Ga Mantse to be installed since the death of Nii Amugi II. According to Ga tradition, the kingship rotates among four royal houses, namely, Teiko Tsuru We, Amugi We, Abola Piam We and Tackie Kommey We. The general consensus is that, it is the Abola Piam We’s turn to enstool a Ga Mantse.
On October 25, 2017, four persons were arrested, after chaos erupted during a press conference by the Abola Piam We (Clan), at Ga Mashie in Accra, following threats by the Royal House to install a new Ga Mantse.