The Ga Abola Royal Stool Dzasetse, Nii Okai Awua II, has declared his preparedness to recover the Ga Mantse Stool from illegitimate persons for the Abola Piam Royal Ruling House.
According to him, the Gborbu Wulomo has no capacity to install a GA Mantse hence the recent installation he conducted for the purported installation of Dr Kelvin Tackie as GA Mantse is unacceptable and uncustomary.
In an interview, Nii Okai Awua II, said the Justice V.C.R.C Crabbe report which the so-called Kingmakers acted upon was never put before Parliament for debate or consideration as was done in the Dagbon Chieftaincy dispute and for that matter are not binding in any way.
He noted that at the time of the setting up of the commission, there were cases pending before the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs as well as the High Court.
Nii Okai Awuah II also averred that since Boni Nii Tackie Adama Latse is currently holding himself as Ga Mantse with a gazette which has not been nullified, any other Installation done to that position of GA Mantse is null and void and is of no legal and customary consequence.
He also pointed out that a Bench warrant for the arrest of Boni Nii Adams Latse is still active and the Court has not given judgement and any action contrary to what is happening in Court is nothing but “Contempt of Court.”
He said the traditional norms, rights, practices, protocols, usages and procedures make it suicidal for Dr Kelvin Tackie to be claiming and holding himself in that capacity.
He also explained that a 29 March 2005, Memorandum of Understanding (MoU) which was signed by all the ruling houses to the effect of the installation of GA Mantse, was never made available to the Justice V.C.R.C. Crabe Commission.
According to that MoU, it was agreed that “the customary Mantse (cloth) from the said Ruling House (Amugi We) shall be delivered to the Elder and
Representative of Abola Piam We for the Ga Mantse elect according to the recognized customary Rotation Succession.”
The MoU also indicated clearly that Nii Tackie Tawiah II ruled from 1944 – 1947, Nii Tackey Kommey II also took over as Ga Mantse from 1948 – 1962 and Nii Amugi II also ruled from 1965 – 2004 all these three Kings were from Reiko Tsuru We, Tackey Kommey We and Nii Amugi We respectively.
“So all these three Royal Ruling Houses had their turn including Reiko Tsuru We where Dr Kelvin Tackie hails from. This is the turn of Abola Piam We and nobody can revert that,” he said.
He also stressed that Installation done last weekend was carried out by illegitimate persons who have no capacity to install a GA Mantse.
“Even the V.C.RC Crabbe Commission lacked the capacity to choose and install a GA Mantae, let alone Gborbu Wulomo,” he noted.
He therefore stated in authority that “Dr Kelvin Tackie is NOT, I repeat, NOT GA Mantse and all those who transact any business with him in that capacity do so at their own risk.”
He said, even the Purported installation of Kelvin Tackie was carried by the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaasetse Nii Tetteh Kwei who had already signed his personal signature to a resolution and a Memorandum of Understanding to the document in 2005 after the death of the late Ga Mantse Nii Amugi and by an oath and pledge that peace should prevail in the Ga state.
According to him, only by the two agreements signed between and among the Dzaase Council and Principal Elders from all the four ruling houses, “yet Nii Tetteh Kwei defied his own appended signature and resolution and did not even present these documents but rather lied to the Justice V.C.R.A.C. Crabbe Commission, which was unlawfully constituted at Nungua without the knowledge and contribution of the Nungua traditional council and the Nungua Mantse. All these are illegality surrounding the Purported Ga Mantse installation of Kelvin Tackie.”
By Prosper Agbeyega