CULTURAL NEWS –
Tuesday, September 18, 2007
LETTER TO THE EDITOR
Rejoinder from the Ga Traditional Council
‘Togo security bars Ga Mantse’
WITH reference to the letter from Nii Yaote Oto-Ga published, in your September 13 issue, the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah 111, visited Togo on an invitation by the Ga people resident there as a Guest of Honuor of their Grand Durbar to round off their Yaka Woke and the Kpetsotsor festivals.
The Ga Mantse and his entourage including the Ga Manye, Naa Dedei Omandru 111 and some members of the Ga Traditional Council and Queenmothers were highly welcome on Wednesday September 5, by Chiefs and elders from Glidzi at the Aflao boarder and led to Glidzi town.
Nii Ga and his entourage were given a rousing welcoming by the Paramount Chief and people of Glidzi. The necessary customary rites were performed to signify his royal welcome and acceptance to the traditional area as the newly installed Ga Mantse.To supplement the event, Nii Ga was additionally installed as Ga Mantse of Glidzi. The traditional custom continued from Anerho to Zowra, where the Ga Stool is kept. He was given a historical briefing about the Ga people in Togo, who migrated from Accra.
Regarding who is the Ga Dzasetse, Nii Yaote Oto-Ga is not recognized by the Ga Traditional as the one.
The cowial in its press release on April 27, this year categorically made this issue clear.
Nii Tetteh Kwei 11 is the Ga Dzasetse, recognized by the Ga Traditional Council, and he was among the entourage to Togo. He has the right, if so needed, to react to any allegations in respect of the trip to Togo, being a witness to all that happened at Glidzi.
The Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs ruling on a motion to restrain the Ga Mantse from using the security, has said that King Tackie Tawiah 111 has the right to perform all duties as the Ga Mantse until the final determination of the main suit pending before it.
Bernice O. Bempong (Mrs.)
Assistant Regional Registrar
Ga Traditional Council, Accra.
The Ghanaian Times Tuesday, September 18, 2007 Page: 7