Opinions Fri, 26 Feb 2016
If Only Kumawuhene Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah Will Learn From my Personal ExperienceTo be honest with the reading public, I pity the alleged Kumawuhene Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah. He is in a dilemma. However, if he will learn from my bitter personal experience, it will go a long way to help him take a timely decision that will put a stop to his free fall from grace to grass.
From the horse's own mouth, he has been issued an ultimatum by the Ghana Medical Council/Association to choose between practising his medical profession as a Doctor and being a chief. He is understood to be actively going about his duties as a Medical Doctor while simultaneously performing his functions as the alleged Kumawuhene. However, he keeps botching his job as a doctor. He has not been living up to the standard and expectation of a competent Medical Doctor since his dubious instalment as Kumawuhene. Previously, he was one of the best doctors in Ghana.
The pressure of lawsuits on him coupled with his abandonment by the citizens of Kumawuman has taken its toll on him if not exacerbated his plight of being sandwiched between a rock and a hard surface – "mek3 a nk3 meba a emma"
Here goes my personal experience to serve probably as a learning curve experience or lesson to him if and only if, he will listen to me.
I bought a parcel of farmland from the late Kumawuhene Barimah Asumadu Sakyi II and the Kumawu Traditional Council. No sooner had I started cultivating the land than I started being slapped with lawsuits back, front and centre. Some families from Yawso, Nyamfa and Abura brought lawsuits against me.
For nearly the past fourteen years, I have had to battle non-stop with lawsuits at Kumawu Circuit Court (I lost the case to a late old lady from Abura near Bonwire in the Ashanti region), Konongo Tribunal, Effiduase Court and Kumasi Regional Fast Track High Court (I have lost the case).
All this while, a close friend of mine, Mr Owusu, from Agona Nsabaa but then living in London kept advising me almost every other day to cease all intentions with the farming project. He was very much aware of all the huge sums of money I was pumping into the project and also the costly lawsuits I was beset with.
Other friends who were aware of the situation tried to talk me out of the whole messy project but I would not listen to them. I obstinately kept pursuing my agenda and dreams. I said to myself, I have genuinely purchased the land; I have already pumped too much money into it. Despite all the problems engulfing me, I still deceived myself thinking the whirlwind would soon settle. The prospects of me winning the cases and having my dreams as a farmer come true were too enticing to abandon my dream project.
For the first year I cultivated forty to fifty acres of the land, planted ten thousand plantain suckers and thousands of citrus (orange) seedlings and had fourteen workers on the farm that I paid monthly for years.
Out of all the hundreds of millions of Ghana Cedis thrown into the project and the related court cases, I have not benefited a pesewa from the project but rather beset with debts and the loss of the land according to the latest unfavourable court ruling. This is the last straw that has broken the camel's back.
All that I can say with certainty to have benefited from the farm is a few oranges that I ate when I went to Ghana on holiday and the oranges happened to be ripened. I did not even get a finger of plantain from the farm yet I invested hundreds of millions of Ghana Old Cedis in the project. I am now losing about eighty acres of citrus that has never been profitable, a few acres of teak trees and cocoa. The land could be said to be not that very fertile hence inability to benefit from it since purchased many years ago. When the oranges ripe, most of them fall off the trees diseased and I can hardly find buyers for the little left.
I thought I had genuinely purchased or leased the land from Kumawuhene so why should I yield in to the demands of perceived opportunists. But here I am today licking my wounds. If I knew I was going to lose my life savings thrown into the project some time to come, I would have listened to Mr Owusu and others. I have come to face the reality of "Had I known which is always at last".
Will the alleged Kumawuhene Barimah Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah not suffer the same fate as I have? He is beset with lawsuits over his obviously illegal enthronement as Kumawuhene. He is obviously probably borrowing from friends and family members to fight the court cases which he is bound to lose considering the availability of credible evidence against him in relation to his committed infractions of conventions and statutes.
Did either he or Kumawuhemaa not bribe some kingmakers in attempts to get him elected as Kumawuhene? Familiarise yourselves with the likely evidence that an instance of bribery might have taken place by watching a video on YouTube via the following web link
Did he not get himself installed as Kumawuhene while there was still a pendency of injunction against him? He was not to be enthroned until the court had determined the circumstances leading to the granting of the injunction? By his action, had he or has he not breached the order of court hence causing what is called contempt of court? Is being in contempt of court not punishable in some way?
He claims to have been gazetted as Kumawuhene. If he indeed has, how did he fill in the form upon the acceptance of which one could be gazetted as Kumawuhene or an Omanhene? All that I know is there is one question of which if you answer YES to, you will never be gazetted. The question goes like, "Was, or is there any court case pending against your enthronement before you were enstooled?" If you say YES, they will not gazette you until the court has decided the case and your fate. If you answer NO, you will be gazetted. However, was there not, and is still not a court case pending against his enthronement? If he has answered NO to the question and the court finds out when the plaintiffs raise the issue, he will be in breach of perjury or be charged with perverting the cause of justice.
Did he not illegally depose some Kumawu sub-chiefs at the behest of Asantehene Otumfuo Osei Tutu II? Read the true form copy of the evidential letter he sent to DCOP Nathan Kofi Boakye, the Ashanti Regional Police Commander from the underlying web link.
Have the courts not since reinstated the allegedly deposed sub-chiefs? Watch the celebration of their reinstatement by the Mampong Regional Court referring to the link below.
Is the Kumawuman public not united against him hence nicknaming him "Nana Ogu agoro" and "Nana Otu ayie?" If the people do not want or like you, on whom will you exercise your functions as Kumawuhene?
From all the above inconveniences, he has been compelled to take to heavy drinking. Will he not become alcoholic in the end? Will his drinking not disastrously impinge on his health? Will he in the end not lose his job as a Medical Doctor and at the same time be booted out as the alleged Kumawuhene?
As my case had been, so is his being. Therefore, the earlier he throws in the towel, much the better it is for him to save the little money and integrity he has left if at all he has any left.
The situation of the alleged Kumawuhene Sarfo Tweneboah Koduah (Dr Yaw Sarfo) is similar to mine. On the other hand, he is like President Mahama who has robbed Nana Akufo Addo of what God has prepared for him hence not having the peace of mind but rather dispossessed of the credibility of, and respect for, President. In the same breath, Nana Akufo Addo is in the same situation as Kumawuhene Barimah Tweneboah Koduah V. As Barimah Tweneboah Koduah V has found the key to unlock God's promise to him, so shall Nana Akufo Addo find his provided he can devise and adopt STRATEGIES.
A word to the wise is enough. I have given Dr Yaw Sarfo free of charge advice. It is up to him to decide on what to do. I have abandoned the farm project that has come to ruin me financially! I was a fighter but I shall not be a foolish fighter any more.
Columnist: Adofo, Rockson