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Okyehene pushes customary practice to resolve litigation

By Kwabena Owusu-Ampratwum

Kingmakers in the Akuapem Traditional Area, have been reminded to be transparent and stick to accepted customary practices in the nomination and installation of a new Okuapehene.

Osagyefo Amoatia Ofori Panin, the Okyehene, and President of the Eastern Regional House of Chiefs said the stool should not be given to anybody, who had no title to it.

This comes as tension grows over the choice of a successor to the late Oseadeyo Addo Dankwah.

He said the procedure for installation of the Okuapehene was clear and asked that nobody attempted circumventing it, to create needless confusion and trouble in the area.

Two candidates are fighting over the vacant stool and addressing an end-of-year meeting of the chiefs in Koforidua, Osagyefo Amoatia said the region’s development should not be allowed to be held back by chieftaincy disputes.

He expressed worry about the spate of chieftaincy litigation in the area and said that was adversely affecting the operation of the regional house of chiefs.

He appealed to the Paramount Chiefs to act quickly to resolve any dispute in their areas of jurisdiction before things escalated.

He used the occasion to commend the government for the fee-free Senior High School (SHS) implementation.

Eric Kwakye Darfour, the Regional Minister, asked the chiefs to do everything to protect and preserve the nobility of the chieftaincy institution.

He added that the numerous chieftaincy disputes in the region had become a major threat to peace.