An Accra High Court has placed an injunction on the Homowo festival and sprinkling of traditional kpoikpoi pending the determination of a suit challenging the legitimacy of Mr. George Tackie-Abiaa, aka Boni Nii Tackie Adama Latse II, as the Ga Mantse.
Joined to the suit are Nii Yaote Oto-Ga II, Thomas Okine Nii Ayi Bonte of Gbese, and 14 others who owe allegiance to Nii Tackie Adama Latse.
The festival was slated to be celebrated tomorrow.
The plaintiffs, including king-makers, elders and nominal heads of the Ga Paramount Royal Stool of the Ga State, and led by Nii Dr. Tetteh Kwei II, went to court to stop the observance of the Homowo because in their estimation, “no illegitimate traditional head should be allowed to perform such customary responsibility.”
An affidavit in support of interlocutory injunction, filed by Nii Akropong IV, Head of Abola Piam Royal Ruling House and Head of Akropong Division, said any attempts to commemorate the festival pending the outcome of the substantive case, might result in a bloody clash.
“That the intended acts of the defendants/respondents would not only be prejudicial to the determination of the substantive suit, and undermine the authority of the court, but would also cause chaos and likely result in bloody clashes between factions of both sides,” the affidavit indicated.
It also claimed that there were enough information to the effect that Nii Adama Latse had ignored advice from respected natives of Ga land and was bent on sprinkling the traditional “Kpokpoi” at Ga Mashie, pour libation at Ga Mashie, Abola Stool House, lead a procession to enter the Stool House at Abola during the period of Homowo, and hold Stool House conference at the Ga Traditional Council during the festival.
It is recalled that accredited kingmakers, elders and nominal heads of the Ga Paramount Royal Stool of the Ga State, led by Nii Dr. Tetteh Kwei II, have installed a new Ga Mantse under the stool name King Dr. Tackie TeikoTsuru II.
This installation has received some backlash as some people describe the process as illegitimate.