Tension Mounts At Kumawu… As 3 Kingmakers Reject New Omanhene

Tension is mounting at Kumawu in the Ashanti Region, as three of the five kingmakers of the paramountcy, have rejected the installation of Dr. Yaw Sarfo as the paramount chief for the traditional area.

Dr. Sarfo was, after a protracted litigation, installed the paramount chief on October 30, and swore the oath of allegiance before the Asantehene, Otumfuo Osei Tutu II, at the Manhyia Palace on November 3.

However, the trio, the Aduanahene, Nana Sarfo Agyekum II, Akwamuhene, Nana Akwasi Baffoe and Akyem-pimhene, Nana Okyere Krapah say Dr. Sarfo is an imposition they would never accept.

Addressing a press conference at an open space in Kumawu on Sunday, the trio, like many others, clad in black and red cloths said “the selection and installation of Dr. Sarfo is a ‘nullity’ since it did not follow due customary processes”.

“Due process was not followed”, said Nana Agyekum on behalf of the group. “Out of the nine kingmakers of Kumawu of which four are deceased, only two were consulted”, he noted.

He said the critical roles of the Krontihene and Acting President of the Kumawu Traditional Council, the Akwamuhene and the Akyempimhene in the election and installation of a chief were completely ignored.

According to Nana Agyekum the two, (Gyasehene and Nifahene by themselves could not select and instal a Kumawuhene without inputs of other kingmakers alive.

“The people of Kumawu are not ready to accept an illegal imposition. We therefore reject Dr. Yaw Sarfo as Kumawuhene,” he stressed.

Rejecting claims that some Kumawu chiefs against Dr. Sarfo’s installation had been destooled, Nana Agyekum bemoaned the manner Dr. Sarfo’s installation had been handled, warning the Kumawu chieftaincy issue could hurt the traditional area’s continued involvement in the Asanteman Council.

“If care is not taken, such high-handedness penchant to ignore age-old and tried practices and behaviour could gradually but surely endanger the very basis of Asanteman, founded and anchored on the tenets of a confederacy, which delimits powers within the confederacy to include also the sanctity of the ‘Amanhene’, the installation processes and their traditional role of holding lands of the ‘Aman’ in trust for their people”, he emphasised.

Nana Agyekum appealed to the people of Kumawu to remain calm and assured that proper order would be followed to give them a paramount chief and stressed, in the quest, we shall not be intimidated, cajoled or frightened”.

From Kingsley E. Hope, Kumawu

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