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Paramount chief of Krachi sues gov’t over inauguration of Nchumuru Paramountcy

Source The Ghana Report/ Seth J. Bokpe

Tension is brewing in Kete-Krachi as the President of the Krachi Traditional Council, Nana Mprah Besenuna III, sues the government over what he describes as an unlawful decision to inaugurate the Nchumuru Traditional Council in contravention of the country’s chieftaincy laws.

It is the case of Nana Besenuna that the elevation of one of his divisional chiefs, Nana Obrempong Kanya II, to the position of a Paramount Chief, is an act that kicks tradition and the law in the groin.

He, therefore, went to court to seek an interlocutory injunction to restrain the government from going ahead to inaugurate the Nchumuru Traditional Council on January 17, 2020..

An application for interlocutory injunction filed at the High Court by Mr O.K. Osafo-Buabeng, solicitor for the plaintiff, names the Attorney General, the Minister of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs, Nana Obrempong Kanya, the Bejamsehene of Krachi-Nchumuru, as defendants.

In spite of the court action, theghanareport.com has learnt the programme was held on January 20, 2020.

Our sources say some of the parties could not be served before Friday.

Being the President of the Krachi Traditional Council, Nana Besemuna avers that Nana Kanya is a Divisional Chief of the area and therefore does not qualify to be elevated as a Paramount Chief without the approval of the council.

The plaintiff notes that the intended inauguration of the Nchumuru Traditional Council has been vehemently protested by the Krachi Traditional Council because only Traditional Areas headed by paramount chiefs can have traditional councils.

The plaintiff also holds the view that the intended inauguration of the Nchumuru Traditional Council is not just unlawful, but also likely to disturb the peace of the area.

Ever since the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Culture in a letter dated January 9, 2020, announced the inauguration of Nchumuru Traditional Council there has been an uneasy calm in the Krachi Traditional Area.

In the said letter, the Director of the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs urged the Registrar of the Volta Regional House of Chiefs to inform the Paramount Chief of the Nchumuru Traditional Area about the event. The Oti Region is yet to have its own Regional House of chiefs after its creation in 2019.

Until recently, that designation (Paramount Chief of the Nchumuru Traditional Area) did not exist. The Krachiwura had jurisdiction over Nchurumu as its Paramount Chief.

Not satisfied with the ministry’s letter, the Krachiwura caused private legal practitioners, the Law Alert Group to write to the Ministry of Chieftaincy and Religious Affairs stating the Krachi Traditional Council’s disapproval.

The letter dated January 15, 2019, and signed by Mr C.A Chambers stated that the Nchumuru Traditional Area was part of the Krachi Traditional Council and for that matter “subservient to the Krachiwura, who is the President of the Krachi Traditional Council.”

“It is the further instructions of my client that by customary law, practices and usage, the creation of the Nchumuru Traditional Council from the existing Krachi Traditional Council ought to have been initiated by the Krachiwura, who is the Paramount Chief of the Krachi Traditional Area,” the letter said.

Falling on a precedent, it said the Krachiwura recently elevated the Chief of Asukawkaw  to the status of Paramount Chief.

“At no point in time in the records of the Council has the status of the Bejamsehene been elevated or recommended for elevation to a Paramount Chief of an Nchumuru Traditional Area, to warrant the creation of a Traditional Council,” the letter copied to the Office of the President, National House of Chiefs, the Registrar of the National House of Chiefs, Nana Obrempong Kanya II, the Oti Regional Minister, among others said.

It also stated that the Bejamsehene is a Divisional Chief adding that a search conducted at the Registry of the National House of Chiefs, which result theghanareport.com has, showed that the Bejamsehene is a Divisional Chief of Nchumuru in the Krachi-Nchumuru Traditional Area and, therefore, not qualified to be given a Traditional Council.

 

The law

It said “the decision of the minister to inaugurate the Nchumuru Traditional Council without recourse to the Krachiwura breaches provisions of 1992 Constitution and the Chieftaincy Act.

It accused the Ministry of Culture and Religion of sidestepping appropriate customary processes required of the inauguration of a new traditional council.

Article 277 of the 1992 Constitution defines chief” as” a person, who, hailing from the appropriate family and lineage, has been validly nominated, elected or selected and enstooled, enskinned or installed as a chief or queen mother in accordance with the relevant customary law and usage.”

Section 18 (2) of the Chieftaincy Act states that “as soon as practicable after a change occurs in the membership of a Divisional Council, the Council shall notify the Traditional Council of the Divisional Council and the Traditional Council shall inform the National House of Chiefs.”

“My client instructs that your unlawful and reckless decision to inaugurate the so-called Nchumuru Traditional Council has the potential of disturbing the peace of the Krachi Traditional Area,” the letter said.

The Krachiwura, through his lawyers, therefore, advised the Ministry to cancel the inauguration in the interest of the peace of the area and the interest of the mutual co-existence of the people of the Krachi Traditional Council. That did not happen.

But on Monday, the event did take place.

Krachi Youth

Meanwhile, the Concerned Citizens of Krachi have accused the Minister of Chieftaincy and Culture of trying to foment trouble in an otherwise peaceful area with the decision to inaugurate a new traditional council.

“History, as handed to us by our forefathers, tells us that the Nchumurus are our brothers. We have lived with them on our land for years without any traditional rivalry. The interest of the Honorable Minister in trying to muddle in a hitherto peaceful area should not be allowed to go under the carpet.

“Whereas the government and peace-loving people are engaged in various activities to ensure peace, it is imponderable that the Chieftaincy Minister is directing his energy to create confusion in Krachi land,” Secretary of the group, Mr Daniel Nkrumah Lordson, said at a press conference on Saturday in Accra.

“We are hereby calling on the leadership of the ruling party NPP to demonstrate to the whole world that the party is not pursuing any grand agenda against the Krachis by bringing the Minister to order,” he said.

When the Chieftancy Ministry was contacted, it was not readily available for comments.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

6 Comments
  1. Anonymous says

    This Karachi chief is just selfish and greedy

  2. Dominic Abwaresen Asiedu Asator says

    Ghana was out from colonial rule and Ghanaians were delivered from Slavery and seak for our independent so if krachi was able to have it’s own independent from the Guan family why should the Nchumuru’s be under their captivity even slaves goes on retirement Nchumuru’s are never are never aliens on this land people who want details of the history should contact me 0540852886 for it’s breathness we were born with history and adages I want the national house of chiefs should come for more enquiries

  3. Dominic Abwaresen Asiedu Asator says

    What has the Nchumuru’s benefited from the krachi and Nchumuru
    joint Traditional council

  4. Masud A.R. says

    Awww! Krachis yr ancestors failed to tell you they came to meet Nchumurus here eh? Well whether you will want to come to us to invoke history for you or not,one thing is clear,and that is krachiwura should rule over the ‘kafour’ ,chumurus relish subservience to NANA OBREPONG KANYA period!

  5. Ashanti solomon says

    Only stupid people will fight their landord of his property that it belongs to them how could these be possible that you live in my house then you turn your self to landlord so if i may ask can a benin man become a president in ghana then i will advice the Krachi nchunbru to stop this arrogant because if it were in Ashanti Kingdom they can never do these also they need to remember their past or they should go to krachi to invoke history of their ancestors period.

  6. Prince Ofori Dankwa says

    OOh these is why i like my king Otumfour like by now this nchunbru chief were arrested for long time and i think the krachi chiefs are humble and because they take nchunbru as their own brothers that is why they dont want to mind them.They have done well i think Nana Addo should help them for this because peoples are taking their land too much which is not fair and he need to punish the nchumbru because they are trying too bring war to ghana they shouldn’t take what is not belong to them if that is the case i think no bodywill buy land in ghana or every village will get paramount chief.

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