Tuesday, April 17, 2007
Ga Mantse won’t use Palace now
By: ABIGAIL ACQUAYE
THE new Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah III, will not move into residence at the Ga Mantse Palace in the next six months.
This is to allow for the renovation of the palace, especially the residential section, which has fallen into a state of disrepair.
Speaking to the Times in an interview yesterday, Nii Tawiah’s lawyer, Mr. Willie Amarfio, explained that for the 10 years that the late Ga Mantse, Boni Amugi II was indisposed, he lived in his private residence at Alajo and that accounts for the poor state of the palace.
“The place is in dire need of refurbishment”, Mr. Amarfio stressed.
He said Nii Tawiah will preside over meetings of Ga Traditional Council at the palace but will reside elsewhere.
He said the paramount stool house at Abola and other related stool houses have already been renovated.
Referring to objections to Nii Tackie’s nomination, election and enstoolment, Mr. Amarfio said the acting head of Abola Piam family, Joseph Yaya Addy, has not yet been able to establish that the ruling houses in the Ga State are four and not three and yet a faction in their House says it has enstooled a Ga Mantse under the stool name, Nii Tackie Oblie II.
He said the Abola Piam group like other challengers against Dr. Jo Blankson’s enstoolment before them, were claiming that this enstoolment was invalid because Nii Amugi had not been buried. He, however, pointed out that the rival Ga Mantse was enstooled sometime in April, 2006, long before the late Nii Amugi’s burial on January 27, 2007.
Reacting to the enthronement at the weekend of Nii Tawiah, Bright Akwetey, counsel for the Head of Abola Piam (Tunnma We) said: “We are surprised that the government would go as far as to send a delegation of three ministers of state and one high ranking public official; the Metropolitan Chief Executive to state supervise an illegality”.
He said, “When a case is pending before a court of law, a party to the suit automatically restrained from undertaking any activity or doing any act which the suit seeks to restrain”, adding that, “it is the duty of every citizen, as specified in the Constitution to respect the authority of the courts”. Mr. Akwetey emphasized that, the people of Bola Piam are determined to pursue lawful means to resolve this issue, adding that “the leadership of the family will pursue due process to ensure that justice is done”.
On his part, Mr. A.G. Boadu, counsel for Nii Owula Kpakpa Brofonyo, an opponent to Dr. Blankson’s coronation, said “Although coronation is not known in Ga custom regarding the process of nomination, election and installation of a Ga Mantse, it would be better for all parties to restrain themselves until the final determination of the petition”.
The Ghanaian Times - Tuesday, April 17, 2007. Page: 3