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Opinions Wed, 23 Feb 2011

Until when will the Essumejahemaa & Kumawuhemaa Deprive ,,,,

the two Historic towns of Paramount Chiefs?



Is it better to do good or to commit evil? It will be recalled that Kokofuhene

sometime last year did carry out some spontaneous intervention to save the

Essumejahemaa from an imminent fall from grace to grass. Essumejahemaa, like

Kumawuhemaa has been resisting the people's preferred candidate from occupying the

Essumeja Omanhene stool since the demise of the late Essumejahene, Nana Oduru

Animapau II about nine years ago. She is rather insisting to impose her choice of

candidate taken from Ejisu-Tikrom on the Essumeja citizens. This current queen like

Nana Oduro Animapau II hails from Tikrom but clinging onto the fallacious inference

of a 500 year-old antecedence to claim the throne as the bona fide property of the

Tikrom Aduana family. They are/were part of the royal Essumeja Aduana family that

migrated to Tikrom in search of greener pastures and also due to other concerns of

those days in about 500 years ago.

Anyway, I am not more interested in the queen's hullabaloo than am I really

concerned about the exhibited deplorable attitude by Kokufuhene when the noose had

come within seconds to closing upon Essumejahemaa's neck. If it had, she would have

publicly been compelled to go through the customary dethronement process; removing

her sandals, slaughtering a sheep and pouring its blood over her head. Kokufuhene

either intentionally or inadvertently playing the proverbial "Kokufu football game"

intervened to save the queen from public disgrace. He begged for the case to be

deferred though the queen was on her feet answering questions thrown at her by

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II with her two legs quaking and her voice trembling. Ever since,

this queen has regained some confidence. She has become a pathological liar. She

keeps offering flimsiest excuses to ensure both the hearing and the ruling of the

Essumeja chieftaincy case continually get postponed. This nonsense has had a ripple

or a knock-down effect on the Kumawu chieftaincy case.

The Kumawu case has unfavourably been tied to the Essumeja case to my utter

annoyance. Until the Essumeja case is settled, the Kumawu's will perpetually be

assigned to the dungeon no matter how loudest the Kumawuman citizens cry or shout.

Whose disgusting philosophy is this? Your guess is as good as mine. So if the

Essumeja people are unable to put pressure on the Asanteman Council and so to speak

Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, but choose to remain disquietingly quiet as they have been,

then the Kumawuman people will long be in the dark tunnel without seeing the

proverbial light at the end of the tunnel any soon.

Kumawuhemaa is best of friends with Essumejahemaa. They plan and reason together.

Kumawuhemaa will surely resort to the same nonsensical card-game playing as the

Essumejahemaa. They always come up with excuses bordering on sickness. They always

have stomach ailment of some sort. Once, Kumawuhemaa failed to attend Asanteman

Council's summon. She alleged she was suffering from severe diarrhoea. Once they

fail to show up on the booked/appointed date, the case is rescheduled for the next

two or three month's time. These intentional delay tactics as resorted to by these

two obnoxious "burger" queens must be stopped somehow. It is becoming unbecoming. It

does not only undermine, but makes a mockery of the authority of the Asanteman

Council in which case it is Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, the Asantehene.

Essumejahemaa sent a gynaecologist with a sealed envelope last Thursday, 17th

February 2011 when the Asantemnan Council had sat in state patiently awaiting her

appearance before the Council. The content of the envelope was only to inform the

Council and Otumfuo Osei Tutu II of her inability to attend due to illness. She has

been signed off sick for a month by whoever her gynaecologist is. This is about the

third or the fourth time this queen has tendered in a Doctor's certificate attesting

to her sickness of some dubious sort. Kumawuhemaa is fond of doing similar thing.

What a perfect typification of birds of the same feathers flocking together? They

should not forget it is said, "He who feigns sickness will surely pass one day when

feigning death" This is a sound advice from the wise man to these two ladies without

integrity.

I quite remember in those good old days in Kumawu when the Anglican pupils used to

say upon sighting their Middle School Headteacher they teasingly named as Master Koo

Wuo, "Although is a Latin word which means 3ba oo!" When any pupil said this, all

others would run for cover. Master Koo Wuo had banned all the pupils from being seen

outside in the streets hanging around aimlessly after 8 p.m. He wanted them to stay

in their homes studying rather than staying outside looking for girls or boys as it

was probably the behaviour of the pupils in those days. Whosoever was seen would be

whipped at the school's assembly the next morning. At this same time, some pupils

used to joke about saying, "Your stomach is flying, you don't pay, you don't dance"

This literally translates into Twi as, "Wo yem retu, wo nntua, wo nnsa" meaning

"When you are having stomach upset, get treated" Kumawuman citizens are fed up with

Kumawuhemaa always coming up with my stomach is running issues to seek postponement

of scheduled dates for the hearing of the Kumawu chieftaincy case.

Is it the cleverest way by the Ankaase royals trying to attain their much relished

ten year postponement period? They have said to do whatever possibly they can to

ensure the case delays for ten years. Their reason behind such a determination or

wish is the Ananangyas/Odumases are financially broke with two leading

octogenarian-litigants who cannot survive beyond ten years from the start date of

the case. They will snap for being stretched, then abandon the case, to enable the

Ankaases continue to rule Kumawuman. Will God who has appointed an Ananangya royal

after His Heart to rule get tired and abandon the case? No! Then the stomach of

Kumawuhemaa will always "fly" so she should get ready to "pay" or "dance" now than

later. She's been sent a heads-up about the possible feigning of sickness and how

she will robustly be challenged. If she does feign sickness which surely she will, I

shall arrange for her to be taken before the Asanteman Council on a stretcher. No

more unnecessary tactical delays. Kumawu is bleeding to death on the note of not

having any infrastructural development but galloping dilapidation.

Kumawuhemaa with her friend, Essumejahemaa, can run but she cannot hide. The time is

long overdue for her to give up her obstinate lay of claim to the Kumawu Kodua

Stool. Does she want me to remind her once more of where her ancestry began from?

Has she ever heard of the name "AYO?"

Will the Manso-Nkwantahene arise to save his former wife or girlfriend,

Essumejahemaa, from getting dethroned? How will he do it? Although he has a son by

the woman, he should let her fall. If he does eventually intervene as did

Kokufuhene, he will himself be disgraced. He can enquire from Kokufuhene how he is

sweating under his pants now. Both Kumawuman and Essumejaman citizens are pointing

accusing fingers at him. That is more than enough to trigger perspiration in him to

dampen his pants. He has deeply regretted for ever helping this ungrateful queen. If

he does stubbornly intervene, then the Essumejas are warning him in advance that it

will be a situation of "all die be die" on that day. They, like the Kumawuman

citizens, cannot continue to suffer from deprivation for the sake of their queen's

greediness and myopic selfishness.

John Fosu

Columnist: Fosu, John