Accused Of Funding Akwamu Chieftaincy Crisis State Cash
The Yaa Ansaa Royal Family of Akwamu in the Eastern Region, has cautioned the Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of the Ghana National Lotteries (GNL), Kofi Osei Ameyaw, to desist from using the state institution in interfering in chieftaincy matters in which he has an interest.
They also warned the people feverishly planning for a home-coming event dubbed, “Akwamu Nhyiamukese” in the name of the Akwamu Traditional Council stool to put a halt to it immediately.
The family, which is challenging the legitimacy of the current Akwamuhene (Paramount Chief of Akwamu) explained that, it will be “contemptuous” for Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III and for others also to join him to mark the event this year, considering the circumstances the stool finds itself.
The disputed Akwamuhene, Odeneho Kwafo Akoto III, alias Kwabena Owiredu, is cousin to GNL boss, Kofi Osei Ameyaw.
“Finally, the family wishes to state, unequivocally, that it is fully aware of the use of the Ghana National Lotteries (GNL), which present Chief Executive Officer is a cousin of Mr. Kwabena Owiredu, to support the latter’s agenda and hereby advises that the state institution should refrain from chieftaincy litigation”, the family warned.
The Yaa Ansaa Royal Family, which served the notice through a press release published in the Daily Graphic of Monday, November 13, 2017 copied The Herald, said the legitimacy of Mr. Owiredu as paramount chief of Akwamu, is a subject-matter of the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi in the Ashanti Region, hence all must stay away from the event.
The statement was signed by three members of the Yaa Ansaa Royal Family namely; Abusuapanin Kojo Kyer Addaquay, Rosina Ackon Mensah and Madam Love Adwo Som, Head of Family, Principal member and Abrewatia of the family respectively.
It said “The family’s attention has been drawn to some adverts in some quarters to the effect that Mr. Kwabena Owiredu, who is carrying himself about as the Akwamuhene (Paramount Chief of Akwamu) under the stool name Odeneho Kwafo III, together with some citizens of Akwamu, is planning to organize a “Home-coming” event at Akwamu in November and/or December 2017, which has been dubbed as “Akwamu Nhyiamkese”.
The full paged press release by the Yaa Ansaa Royal Family of Akwamu continued “The Yaa Ansaa Royal Family wishes to put the whole world on notice, especially, the dignitaries allegedly invited to the said programme that the legitimacy of the afore-named Mr. Kwabena Owiredu as the paramount chief of Akwamu is a subject-matter of a litigation pending before the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi, Ashanti Region of Ghana, that is, the case of Abusuapanin Kojo Kyer Addaquay and Anor versus Nana Afrakoma II and 2 ORS”.
Considering the fact that the litigation is yet to be resolved by the National House of Chiefs, the family wanted the individuals including the dignitaries to take note and do the needful by refraining from associating with the event.
It said, it will be incorrect for the said chief to organize an event of that nature when he is yet to be cleared as the rightful heir or occupant to the stool.
Additionally, the family which is also laying claim to the stool, said there was a motion pending at the same National House of Chiefs to restrain Mr. Owiredu from carrying himself about as the legitimate Paramount Chief.
The release mentioned that, the respondent being Mr. Owirdu, has been served with the Queen mother of Akwamu and so are aware of the status of the status of the issue.
“A motion on notice for an order of injunction restraining Mr. Kwabena Owiredu from carrying himself about/or doing acts as the paramount chief of Akwamu has been filed by the Yaa Ansaa Royal Family and same has been served on the Respondents, including the said Mr. Kwabena Owiredu and the Queen mother of Akwamu, Nana Afrakoma II”, the family said.
The release continued that “To the extent that this motion is still pending before the Judiciary Committee of the National House of Chiefs in Kumasi, it will be contemptuous for Mr. Kwabena Owiredu and/or any person or persons to either individually or severally join him in organizing and/ or celebrating the said “Akwamu Nhyiamukese” at Akwamu or anywhere else.