Amakyebare on fire over chieftaincy dispute

    /    Sep 26, 2017   /     Ashanti, NewsBreak  /    Comments are closed  /    561 Views

There has been some agitation at Amakyebare, in the Atwima Nwabiagya District, of the Ashanti Region over chieftaincy.

The town,  which has been without a traditional ruler for the past 18 years after the destoolment of their former chief, Nana Osei Kwabenah is now struggling amidst brawl for a successor.

Speaking to Kapital Radio’s Lily Ampofoa Prekoh on What’s Trending at Friday, a resident of the town, Nana Yeboah, indicated that, residents of the town woke up to the presence of military and police men in the town. He said, a family member of the former chief, called Kwame, has come to the town with the police and military men, claiming he has been sworn in as the new chief of the town and has been introduced to the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II by the chief of Bantama.

According to Nana Yeboah, who is also the Mmrantee Hene, ‘the self-acclaimed chief does not have any right to the throne because his grandfather was destooled on the basis that he was not a royal of Amakyebare. “He and his family do not even come from the town but rather from Tepa”.

He further stated that, the military and policemen Kwame sent to Amakyebare are beating and scaring the residents. Nana Yeboah also claimed only Nana Santaa, Nana Kookom,Nana Kwaku Amankwaah, Nana Akwasi Dwira and Nana Yaw Opoku Kaakyire are the only ones who are the rightful heirs to the Amakyebare throne.

When asked if they have reported the matter to the police, the Mmrantee Hene was affirmative and indicated the police had arrested some of the men involved yet there was tension in the town.

He was not happy with the self-acclaimed chief, Kwame, for making the military men he came with carry him in a palanquin around town. Nana Yeboah is therefore disputing Kwame’s claim that he has been made chief and is calling on the Asantehene to intervene for calm to prevail at Amakyebare.

Source: Lily Ampofoa Prekoh & Nana Prekoh

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