Regional News Thu, 1 Aug 2013

Tanoso chiefs sue University of Education

The Tanoso Traditional Council in the Techiman Municipality has sued the University of Education, Winneba, and two chiefs at a Sunyani High Court praying the court to halt the establishment of a satellite campus of the University in the area.

The Council, which owes allegiance to Asanteman, is further praying the court to restrain Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw III, Omahnene, and Nana Kwaku Kwarteng IV, Afutuhene of Techiman Traditional Council from transferring the proposed land for the establishment of the University to the Vice Chancellor and University Council because it is part of Tanoso stool lands.

A writ of summons filed by Nana Obiri Boahen of the Enso Nyame Ye Chambers, counsel for the plaintiffs, and copied to the Ghana News Agency in Sunyani, said Nana Kwaku Yiadom Boakye, Omanhene and Nana Sarfo Kantanka, Ankoneahene of Tanoso Traditional Council are not against the idea of the establishment of the University in the area.

But rather, the Techiman Traditional Council lacked the requisite power, authority, mandate and right to transfer the disputed land to the university authorities and that the “Techiman stool has no control, alliance, and relationship with the Tanoso stool.”

According to the writ, the proposed land is the property of Tanoso stool and is one of the stools referred to as Tano-Subin stools which include Tanobaose, Tuobodom, Nchiraa, Nwoase and Buoyem.

“Tanoso stool is a member of the Asanteman Council with the occupant of the Golden Stool as its head,” it said.

The writ said about four years ago Oseedeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw and Nana Kwaku Kwarteng “surreptitiously and unlawfully carved and purportedly transferred the disputed land to the university authorities for establishing the satellite campus.”

“We together with the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu’s emissaries went to the university authorities at Winneba to register our protest, dissent and exception to the purported grant/transfer of the disputed land to them”, the writ stated.

It said the university authorities agreed that they would come to the Tanoso Traditional Council and sort matters out with but failed to do so until a month ago that the university authorities “cut the sod” to commence work on the disputed land.

The writ said the attitude of Oseadeeyo Akumfi Ameyaw and Nana Kwaku Kwarteng was unlawful and sought the court’s intervention to bring them to order to avoid any clash.

Source: Daily Graphic