DSASETSE REACTS TO GA MANTSE’S OUTBURSTS
By: Jemima Kuatsin & Samuel Bosompem
The Daasetse of the Ga Paramount Stool, Nii Yaotey Otoga II, has reacted to the outburst of the Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, against the government over the celebration of this year’s Homowo festival.
Nii Otoga asserted that the Ga Mantse had no authority to make such pronouncements against the government and its officials on behalf of the Ga State.
Speaking to the times yesterday after a meeting of some sub chiefs of the Ga State at Mamprobi in Accra, which was also attended by both the present and former MPs of Odododiodoo, Tackie Commey and Nibi Ayibonte and Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayibonte, Nii Otonga said, “Tackie Tawiah is not the legitimate chief of the Ga people”.
“Joe Blankson is not a member of any of the four ruling houses in the Ga state and therefore, not fit to hold himself out as the Ga Mantse. He is not Ga Mantse”.
Nii Otoga said: “his behavior on the television yesterday (Thursday) was unbecoming of a Ga Chief. At least, he could have done that through a linguist,” Nii Otoga added.
Nii otoga, on behalf of the Ga people, apologized to the government for the unfortunate behavior of the Ga Mantse.
He explained that the decision by the government to restrict the Homowo celebration to the various homes in the Ga State was in the right direction.
The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, on Thursday pronounced a “curse” on the government and its officials in protest against what he saw as an attempt by the Regional Security Council (REGSEC) to truncate the celebration of this year’s Homowo Festival.
The REGSEC had earlier directed that this year’s Homowo Celebration be restricted only to family homes in areas where there are chieftaincy disputes.
The Gbese Mantse, Nii Ayi Bonte III, for his part, advised all the Gas to go about the celebration in a calm and peaceful manner.
He cautioned against drunkenness and violence during the period.
Ghanaian Times - page: 1-Backpage Saturday, August 8, 2009