By Gifty Arthur
Two rival chiefs in the Sempe Traditional Area, in the Greater Accra Region, have united after a protracted chieftaincy dispute which according to them, has derailed the development of the area. This means Nii Adote Otintor II, is now recognized occupant of Sempe Stool, which was once occupied by Nii Adote Obour, onetime Acting Ga Mantse.
The chiefs, Nii Adote Otintor II and Nii Adote Obour, had almost a decade laid claim to the Sempe Stool, resulting in chieftaincy dispute, denial of developmental projects to the area, and lack of improvement in the lives of their people.
But they recently gave their subjects something to cheer about, when during this year’s “Sempe Odaada” celebrations to climax the lifting of ban on drumming and noise making, the two rode in the same vehicle to the venue to the shock of many.
The joyous occasion, which has been described by many as historic, saw the two chiefs, holding hands to signify peace and unity, was witnessed at the forecourt of the Sempe Palace at James Town in the Odododiodio Constituency in Accra.
“The ecstasy and funfair that greeted them was beyond one’s imagination. People just could not believe what they were seeing. Sempe has thus, made history by having the two feuding parties coming together to unite Sempe,” an eyewitness said.
In separate speeches, the two traditional heads, emphasized on the need to work together to ensure that peace and harmony prevail at all material times to bring development to the entire Sempe Traditional Area in particular, and the Ga State in general.
To convince their supporters that they meant what they were witnessing, Nii Obour, the older of the two, who used to occupy the Stool before he was ousted by Nii Otintor said, the new bond was never going to be broken and that they would work hard to ensure that the area returns to its former glory.
On his part, the occupant of the Stool, challenged other chiefs in the Ga State, who are engaged in one dispute or the other to emulate what was being witnessed to achieve lasting peace in the region.
Other sub chiefs, elders, asafo fetish priestess and wulomei from the Sempe land, were all present at the historic occasion. There were some other political heads, some of whom hail from the area.
Prominent amongst them were, the Member of Parliament (MP) for the area and Deputy Minister for Local Government and Rural Development; Edwin Nii Lantey Vanderpujie, the Greater Accra Regional Minister; Nii Laryea Afortey Agbo, and the Metropolitan Chief Executive Officer (CEO) of Accra; Dr Alfred Oko Vanderpujie.
The Regional Minister, expressed great satisfaction and appreciation to the chiefs and elders of the community for adhering to his advice and that of others in the past. He further promised a cow and some bags of maize to celebrate this year’s Homowo Festival, a popular festival for the Ga people.
The mood of the mayor of Accra, Dr. Okoe Vanderpujie, was no different, except to reiterate his promise to build one of his millennium school projects in the area to replace the old Sempe Cluster of Schools.
According to the Registrar of the Stool, Nii Lartey Anum Tetteh, the show of unity was the beginning of great things to come.