A CAPE COAST High Court yesterday ordered that the name of the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area, Osabarima Kwesi Atta II (J.S. Haizel) be struck out from the register of the National House of Chiefs.
The plaintiffs, Opanyin Kofi Amoonoo and four others, had prayed the court to set aside the registration of the chief’s name in the national register as Omanhen of Cape Coast on grounds of fraud.
In his ruling, the Central Regional Supervising High Court Judge and an Appeals Court Judge, Justice G. S. Suurbareh, ruled in favour of the plaintiffs and stated that the registration was fraudulently entered into the register of the National House of Chiefs.
Members of the Royal Family of Eberadze of Cape Coast filed a petition in 1998 at the Central Regional House of Chiefs against the nomination, election and enstoolment of Osabarima Kwesi Atta II as the Paramount Chief of Oguaa Traditional Area.
In the relief that they were seeking, they explained that a Chieftaincy Declaration Form sent to the Regional House of Chiefs and subsequently through the National House of Chiefs for registration as Omanhen had inaccuracy in answers to some of the questions asked on the form.
The plaintiffs had earlier told the court that in a section of the Chieftaincy Declaration Form which asked whether there was a petition pending against the installation, the answer provided was ‘no’, when indeed a case challenging the enstoolment of Osabarima Kwesi Atta II was pending at the Central Regional House of Chiefs.
Additionally, in an answer to the question whether the Omanhen was in possession of the black stool, the answer given was ‘yes’, when a letter had been written to the plaintiffs’ head of family demanding the black stool.
Based on the answers given, the plaintiffs went to court to challenge the registration of Osabarima Kwesi Atta II as Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area.
The substantive matter on the eligibility, nomination and enstoolment was currently pending at the Judicial Committee of Central Regional House Chiefs.
If the order is carried out, there would be no Omanhen of Oguaa Traditional Area in the records of the National House of Chiefs.
Just after the ruling by the court, supporters of the plaintiffs started jubilation with some of them wearing white armbands and white shirts as they paraded the through town.
From David O. Yarboi-Tetteh, Cape Coast