Thursday, August 9, 2007
Dzaase can’t ban me – Ga Mantse
Story: NAA LAMILEY BENTIL
The Ga Mantse, King Tackie Tawiah 111, has said the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaase has no traditional authority to ban him from performing any customary rites during the Homowo festival.
He made it clear that he would go ahead and publicly perform any customary rites for the celebration of the Homowo, which involves a procession and the sprinkling of festive dish, “Kpoipoi” and palm nut soup, in Ga Mashie.
The Public Relations Officer to the Ga Mantse, Nii Boi Abbey, made this known at a press conference at the Ga Mantse’s palace to react to an earlier one held by the Ga Dzaasetse, Nii Yaote Oto-Ga 11, at which Nii Oto-Ga was reported to have said that the Dzaase would not allow King Tackie Tawiah to perform any rites during the Homowo and all activities should be confined to the various stool houses.
King Tackie Tawiah will be performing rites meant for the Homowo festival for the first time since his installation as the Ga Mantse in June, this year.
Nii Abbey said the Ga Mantse, although would have otherwise treated the pronouncements of Nii Oto-Ga “with the contempt that it deserves”, felt that there was the need to react in order to set the records straight.
According to him, Nii Oto-Ga was only parading himself as the Ga Paramount Stool Dzaasetse because his traditional authority was already being held by Nii Tetteh Kwei 11, who has been performing the duties and functions of the Ga Royal Stool Dzaase.
He explained that while Nii Oto-Ga said he should have been the one to have enstooled King Takie Tawiah, he had failed to realize that the Ga Mantse was enstooled on June 11, 2006 whereas he claimed to have been made Dzaasetse in November 2006.
Nii Abbey pointed out that Nii Oto-Ga could join those who had filed the suit against the Ga Mantse at the Greater Accra Regional House of Chiefs to seek proper redress for all the issues pertaining to the Ga Mantse Stool.
He said five persons who were not happy with the installation of King Tackie Tawiah, also known in private life as Dr. Jo Blankson, had sued him before the Judicial Committee of the Greater Accra Regional House of Cheifs.
Nii Abbey further said some Ga people were bent on bring the Ga State into the utmost ridicule and contempt.
“By their actions and utterances, Ga people have become a laughing stock,” he said.
He observed a new trend in Ga traditional circle in which “all manner of charlatans, pretenders and fraudsters have been holding press conferences and embarking on hopeless legal tussels”.
Recalling some incidents during the celebration of the “Odadao” (lifting of the ban on drumming and noise-making) by the Ga Mantse, where a number of youth desecrated the Modzawe, the venue for the ceremony, with human excreta, vandalized the Ga Stool House and burnt the “Odadao” drums, Nii Abbey said the Ga Mantse was worried that people who were expected to know better were further inciting disorder and unruly behaviour.
“These people are trying to cast a negative shadow over the celebration of this year’s Ga Homowo Festival,” he said.
Nii Abbey appealed to Gas not to allow themselves to be deprived of their Homowo due to the actions of Nii Oto-Ga and his cohorts and drew the attention of the security agencies to the intimidation and threats issued by Nii Oto-Ga and his collaborators
Daily Graphic - Thursday, August 9, 2007. Page: 3