One of the claimants to the Okwahuman Stool, Professor Agyemang Badu Akosa, is challenging the legitimacy and eligibility of Daasebre Akuamoah Agyepong II, who was alleged to have been installed by the kingmakers of Abene and subsequently as the Omanhene of the Kwahu Traditional Area.
The chiefs and people of Kwahu Abene in the East Kwahu District of the Eastern Region on Thursday, May 4, 2017, installed Professor Agyeman Badu Akosa as the chief of the town.
Prof Akosa, a former Director-General of the Ghana Health Service (GHS), was installed with the stool name, Daasebre Mampong Adjei II.
Daasebre Mampong Adjei II thanked God and Abusuapayin Kwabena Adjei Sika and the elders of Abene for selecting him to occupy the stool.
He expressed hope that the conflict surrounding his installation would come to an end to pave way for the development of the town as well as Kwahuman.
Abene, a prominent town and seat of the Okwahumanhene, has one primary school; and Prof Akosa said he would establish a senior high school in the area.
However, a rival claimant was installed as Omanhene of the Kwahu Traditional Area, which deepened the dispute over the paramountcy.
Nana Asiedu Agyemang III, Adontenhene of the area, who also acted as the Omanhene after the demise of Daasebre Akuamoah Boateng, is alleged to have rallied the people of the area to install Daasebere Akuamoah Agyapong, known in private life as Eugene Kwasi Asante Boadi, 33-year-old chartered accountant.
Currently, the following towns, Abetifi, Pepease, Obomeng, Tafo, Aduamoah and Atibie, are experiencing some uneasy calm as a result of the chieftaincy dispute.
The chieftaincy problems are said to be have been attributed to the Abetifihene and a destooled Krontihene of Abene, as well as the ex-Akyeamehene of the latter town.
Residents of Abene have been subjected to intimidations and for over 10 months, have been migrating from the town for safety.
The residents say they may not respect the fictitiously installed chief.
The perpetrators of criminal acts in the crisis have not been brought to book, despite forwarding the docket to the Attorney General’s Office since September 2017.
Parliament investigated the matter, but no report has been issued.
A petition was also sent to the Commission on Human Rights and Administrative Justice (CHRAJ), but there has been no response.
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