Gunshots, destruction at Ga Mantse Palace

An armoured vehicle parked at the palace to maintain order. Photo: Victor A. Buxton

An armoured vehicle parked at the palace to maintain order. Photo: Victor A. Buxton

Two factions laying claim to the Ga stool, yesterday clashed amidst gunshots and destruction of property at the Ga Mantse palace in Accra.
The two factions reportedly clashed over the installation of Nii Adama Latse, who was cleared by an Accra High Court, last week to assume the presidency of the Ga Traditional Council.
When the Ghanaian Times got to the palace around 3pm, there was heavy presence of more than 20 police personnel outside and inside the palace, with two armored vehicles and five patrol cars parked nearby.
The palace was quiet, but there were visible signs of destruction of flower pots and the tyres of a vehicle had been deflated as a result of the clashes earlier in the morning.
According to one of the police officers, who refused to mention his name because he was not being authorised to talk said, they were called to maintain law and order at the premises.
There was no one from both factions at the palace, to talk to when The Ghanaian Times visited.
The Ghanaian Times reported yesterday that the Kaneshie District Police averted a clash between two factions of the Ga state at the Ga Mantse palace in Accra.
This follows a ruling by an Accra High Court for Nii Adama Latse to be sworn in as the recognised Ga Mantse of the Ga state.
Last week, an Accra High Court presided over by Mrs. Justice Gifty Dekyem, said the challenge to disallow the Ga Mantse to occupy the high office was without merit since he had duly gone through all the processes which warranted his assumption of high office.
Mrs. Dekyem said all challenges fly in the face of law since he went through the process of being scrutinised by a competent and legitimate Dzaase of the Ga state which duly installed him.She said it would therefore be against natural justice if the court through many litigation would restrain him from performing his legitimate traditional and customary duties.
Mrs. Dekyem  said from all the evidence presented to the court, it was very clear that Nii Latse’s installment and subsequent  registration followed the laid-down traditional principles  and norms  and it was therefore legitimate to grant him his right through the law.

By Jemima Esinam Kuatsinu      

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